Hanon Systems, a global provider of automotive thermal products, said it was enhancing its ability to serve vehicle manufacturers in China by opening a new engineering centre in Shanghai.

Located in Shanghai's Songjiang district, the new 3,612 square meter, multi-storey facility will serve as the "engineering epic enter of technical collaboration for application engineering and system evaluation" supporting Chinese automakers and global vehicle manufacturers operating in China, the supplier said in a statement. 

"Supporting customers is a top priority and China is an important market to Hanon Systems," said In-Young Lee, president and chief executive officer. "We are pleased to open this new engineering centre in Shanghai to provide automakers with local technical expertise and testing capability to better support the growing China market."

The engineering centre is equipped to provide in-house design verification, product validation and in-process testing. Test capability includes noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) evaluation; air handling performance and durability of heating, ventilation and air conditioning modules; and thermal system component testing for electric vehicles.

"Hanon Systems is well-positioned to support the demand for new energy vehicles (NEV) in China with a suite of products that are proven with global vehicle manufacturers and designed specifically for NEV architectures," said Kwangtaek Hong, chief technology officer. "This new engineering centre is a testament to our commitment to support the China market and the NEV trend."

Hanon is relocating its Shanghai technical staff from an existing site approximately 25 kilometres from the new facility which can accommodate additional resources to support growth. 

The new Shanghai centre is one of 14 engineering locations supported by four global technical centres that are responsible for developing advanced technologies, core product development and global standardisation of new technologies. The global technical centres are in Daejeon, Korea; Kerpen, Germany; Nový Jicín, Czech Republic; and Van Buren Township, Michigan.