Wabco opens US$30m R&D facility


 Wabco has announced it is expanding its engineering capabilities with the opening of a multi-million-dollar research and development facility in Hannover, Germany. The new Global Technology and Innovation Center will improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of the vehicles and products that Wabco develops.

The US$30m facility is 11,500m² and will accommodate workspace for 420 employees. “Wabco engineering team’s unique ability to anticipate industry dynamics and innovate ahead of others is a key pillar of our differentiation,” said Jacques Esculier, Wabco chairman and chief executive officer.

“This facility represents a major step to further enhance our capacity and capabilities in advanced systems development and integration. By connecting this new hub to the rest of the Wabco world, we are optimally positioned to anticipate and accelerate development of the technologies necessary for higher levels of vehicle autonomy, connectivity and electrification that our customers seek globally.”

Dr Christian Brenneke, Wabco chief technology officer, added, “For nearly 150 years, we have continuously pioneered safety and efficiency technologies which have led the commercial vehicle industry worldwide.

“Equipped with state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facilities, this new Global Technology and Innovation Center will be at the vanguard of our next generation of autonomous vehicle control and advanced driver assistance technologies, such as active braking, active steering, and electronic stability control.”

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