SUZHOU – Nexteer Automotive, a leader in Intuitive Motion Control, broke ground for its new Asia-Pacific Technical Center inside the Suzhou Industrial Park on November 16.
The new Technical Center encompasses 30,000-plus square meters, including 14,000 square meters of office space and 12,000 square meters of R&D facilities and a test & validation lab. Departmental functions housed at the site will be product engineering, manufacturing engineering, purchasing, finance, sales and management.
Nexteer’s plans for the site also include a 4,500-square meter vehicle test track with eight lanes, incorporating complex roadway environments. Company leadership expects their investment to advance their manufacturing, R&D, testing and validation of Nexteer’s products in China.
The Center is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. It will house approximately 1,000 employees, enhance technical support as well as customize product solutions, R&D, production, testing and validation for the local market.
“Asia-Pacific is Nexteer’s second largest business. In addition to being Nexteer’s Asia-Pacific headquarters, the new Technical Center will set the foundation for an integrated approach to management, technology, investment and operations,” said Mike Richardson, board executive director and president of Nexteer Automotive. “We are thrilled to have our new technical center and the local administration center built here. It will provide powerful R&D and product development support as well as sustainable, profitable growth of our businesses in China and Asia.”
“Our investment in the new Technical Center represents our confidence on the future business growth in Asia. To achieve Nexteer’s strategic growth in the Asia-Pacific market, we are advancing business expansion and product diversity to solidify our leadership position in steering and driveline solutions for our ever-growing customer base,” said Zhao Guibin, chairman, executive board director and CEO of Nexteer Automotive.
The multi-billion-dollar global steering, driveline and advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) supplier has 25 manufacturing plants, 3 regional engineering centers and 13 customer service centers strategically located in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Key customers include BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford and GM, PSA Groupe, Toyota, VW, as well as automakers in India and China.