Mahle has inaugurated a new research and development centre in Valencia, Spain.

Around 250 employees will work on new products for sustainable mobility at this 'competence centre for vehicle electronics'.

"As a pioneer of future mobility solutions, Mahle is continuously expanding its activities in the area of electronics with the company's new research and development center in Valencia representing a significant element of this approach," the supplier said in a statement.

"As a creator of new and climate-friendly mobility productsw, we believe that the ongoing development of e-mobility is crucial. With our new R&D centre, we're strengthening our competence in the area of power electronics," said Mahle chairman and CEO Joerg Stratmann.

Power electronics and software  for products such as electric drive systems and auxiliary components, charge management systems, or heating and cooling systems will be developed in Valencia which will also validate systems to industry standard.

Mahle has combined its electric drives, actuators and auxiliaries activity, plus control and power electronics, in its mechatronics division. The products are used in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and off-highway vehicles.

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"With its excellent universities, Valencia is an ideal hub for modern research and development. I'm convinced our R&D centre will become a magnet for electronics development, attracting the next generation of engineers," said Mahle's Wilhelm Emperhoff who heads both the filtration and engine peripherals business unit and mechatronics.