Mahle has launched its new Electronics and Mechatronics Development Centre in Changshu, China.

Around 70 engineers will focus on developing solutions for alternative drives and expanding the company’s systems experience in electric powertrains as well as electronics and mechatronics.

Further activities will include charging solutions for electric vehicles as well as thermal management applications for alternative drives.

Due to the pandemic, the formal opening of the new Tech Centre is slated to take place in the second half of the year. The new site in Changshu will play a role as an innovation hub for the Group’s activities in the fields of alternative drives, alongside Mahle’s major technology centres for electronics and mechatronics in Kornwestheim (Germany), Šempeter pri Gorici (Slovenia) and Valencia (Spain).

“China has become a major market for Mahle,” said Mahle interim CEO and CFO, Michael Frick. “We want to grow further here and see great potential in e-mobility, which is clearly gaining momentum in China. We therefore aim to strengthen our role as a technology partner in this region.

“Our new R&D centre in Changshu is the latest step in implementing this strategy.”

Mahle founded its new Electronics and Mechatronics business unit at the start of 2020 in order to bundle its activities in the field. The technology group expects sales growth in the segment to be well into double digits in the next decade.