Automotive supplier Schaeffler has announced plans to invest around 80 million euros in a new central laboratory in Herzogenaurach, Germany, which is scheduled for completion by 2023. Schaeffler intends to bundle “core competencies and key technologies” at the site.
According to the company’s announcement, the central laboratory will provide space for 15 laboratories and more than 360 employees on a total area of around 15,000 square meters. The Schaeffler Group’s research will be bundled there, primarily in the areas of measurement, testing and calibration technology, materials science, materials design and electrochemistry, as well as optimization of service life, strength and reliability. An electronics laboratory will also be established.
“Our excellence in manufacturing means we are also ideally positioned to offer our customers optimal solutions in key future areas of technology, such as electric mobility, robotics, and hydrogen,” says Andreas Schick, Executive Board member responsible for Production, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing. “These are growth areas where, right from the basic research stage, we have to consider the end product or application as well as commercial-scale production in order to stay ahead of our global competitors. Our digital simulation technologies, in particular, are integral to this.”
The building is also to be “realized according to the latest sustainability standards”; among other things, certification as a “Green Building” according to the “DGNB Gold” standard is being sought. For CEO Klaus Rosenfeld, the laboratory is also a commitment to Germany as a business location. “The central laboratory secures state-of-the-art jobs in future fields and at the same time increases the attractiveness of the location and the region for customers and employees,” says the CEO of Schaeffler AG.
Schaeffler will also begin series production of electric motors for hybrid modules, hybrid transmissions, and electric axle drives this year.