Around 70 engineers have moved into Mahle’s new Electronics and Mechatronics Development Center in the city of Changshu in China. The centre will focus on developing solutions for alternative drives and further expanding the company’s systems expertise in electric powertrains, as well as electronics and mechatronics. Further activities will include charging solutions for electric vehicles as well as thermal management applications for alternative drives.
The new site in Changshu will also play a key role as a further innovation hub for the group’s activities in the fields of alternative drives, alongside Mahle’s major technology centers for electronics and mechatronics in Kornwestheim (Germany), Šempeter pri Gorici (Sovenia) and Valencia (Spain).
Due to the pandemic, the centre’s grand opening will take place in the second half of the year.
“China has become a major market for Mahle. We want to grow further here and see great potential in e-mobility, which is clearly gaining momentum in China,” said interim CEO of Mahle and Chief Financial Officer, Michael Frick. We therefore aim to strengthen our role as a technology partner in this region. Our new R&D centre in Changshu is the latest step in implementing this strategy.”
Mahle founded its new electronics and mechatronics business unit at the beginning of 2020 to bundle its activities in this key field of the future. The technology group expects sales growth in this segment to be well into double digits in the next decade.
“With our new R&D center in Changshu, we will be able to focus our extensive development expertise even more specifically on the Chinese market for the benefit of our customers,” said Wilhelm Emperhoff, member of the Mahle management board responsible for the electronics and mechatronics business unit.
Mahle’s diversified electronics and mechatronics product portfolio in the automotive sector includes electric drives, actuators, auxiliary units, as well as control and power electronics.