Beijing, China - 03 November 2014 - Daimler Greater China has opened its new Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Center in China and extended its local RD network in Beijing. In future around 500 highly qualified engineers and designers will be working at the new Mercedes-Benz’s R&D facility. In total, about 865 million RMB [112 million EUR] has being invested into Beijing-based research and development facilities for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars most recently, thereof about 105 million RMB [13.5 million EUR] into this new site alone.
With the new location, Daimler is taking its Research and Development activities in China to a new level. The company first put China on the map of its worldwide Research & Development network in 2006, with the localization of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Since then, the scope of work and headcount of its local R&D teams has been continuously expanded. In 2009, Mercedes-Benz was the first German premium car manufacturer to open an Advanced Design Studio in Beijing. To even better cater to the needs of Chinese customers, units for ’Localization & Development, ‘Telematics & Infotainment’ and, most recently, ‘Trends & Innovation’ were subsequently established.
Today, international teams of more than 350 experts work for Mercedes-Benz R&D China, covering six different departments. Currently, around 80 percent of the workforce is Chinese; the remaining team includes specialists from about a dozen different countries. By the end of 2015, the automaker plans to increase the headcount to up to 500. Mercedes-Benz R&D China benefits from a close link to Daimler’s strong local production and supplier base as well as its Sino-German joint venture partner R&D sites for vans and the electric vehicles.
“For the automotive industry, China has become the most important market worldwide. The country is truly in fast forward mode – we recognize this importance and reflect it in our local R&D activities, which we are clearly pushing forward to the next level,” says Hubertus Troska, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for China.
Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development employs a workforce of 14,600 at 21 facilities in 10 countries worldwide, with a total R&D investment of 11 billion Euros in 2012/2013. The company’s global R&D headquarters is located at Sindelfingen and Untertürheim near Stuttgart.
Besides the new facility in Beijing, Daimler’s global R&D network includes two more international Competence Centers: Specialists at Sunnyvale in the USA focus on innovations for the so-called “digital drivestyle” and Bangalore in India is home to the Competence Center for digital product development and IT.