Automotive supplier Mahle has opened an electronics and mechatronics development centre in Changshu, China. Among other things, work is being done on electric powertrains, charging solutions and thermal management applications for alternative drives.
According to a company statement, around 70 engineers will develop solutions for alternative drives in Changshu. The new location is assigned to the Electronics and Mechatronics business unit, which Mahle founded in the course of a restructuring at the beginning of 2020.
In the coming decade, the technology group expects significant double-digit sales growth in this field. The new facility in Changshu, alongside the electronics and mechatronics centres in Kornwestheim (Germany), Šempeter pri Gorici (Slovenia) and Valencia (Spain), will “play a key role as a further innovation hub for the Group’s activities in the fields of alternative drives”, Mahle writes.
China was chosen as the location because the country is developing into an important market for Mahle. “We want to grow further here and see great potential in e-mobility, which is clearly gaining momentum in China. We therefore aim to strengthen our role as a technology partner in this region,” expresses Michael Frick, CFO and interim Chairman of the Mahle Management Board. “Our new R&D center in Changshu is the latest step in implementing this strategy.” The aim is to be able to align development competencies even more specifically to the Chinese market.
Mahle’s electronics and mechatronics product portfolio in the automotive sector includes electric drives, actuators, auxiliary units as well as control and power electronics. Since 2019, Mahle has already been on the market with high-voltage traction motors as well as onboard chargers and DC/DC converters for passenger cars. Mahle also recently made a name for itself with its in-house charging infrastructure start-up chargeBIG. As a supplier, the company is also active in the electric two-wheeler market.
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