Harman has opened a new office facility in Lodz, Poland, with 350 engineers developing automotive solutions including the company’s summit car audio platform, Ignite platform, OTA software management and maps services.

The company has also signed separate agreements with two Polish universities; Lodz Faculty of Physics and Applied Informatics as well as Lodz University of Technology/Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering.

As part of the agreement, Harman will work with both universities to undertake joint research projects, develop academic research papers and software engineering for embedded systems. Harman will also actively hire both interns and permanent employees from the universities.

“As we seek to further our culture of innovation within Harman and key growth sectors, we are proud to be expanding our operations in an engineering hotbed like Poland,” said Harman president Connected Services and CTO, Sanjay Dhawan.

“Harman has been growing quickly in Poland, tripling its number of employees within the past two years.”

Recruitment for new projects is ongoing, and the company is seeking Eastern European engineers to join its team in Lodz.