The Bosch Group has opened a new technical centre in Plymouth Township, Michigan.

Built at a cost of $US37.5m (approximately EUR30m) and with a total floor space of roughly 21,000 sq m, the new building houses around 400 researchers and developers focused on driver assistance and safety systems – such as adaptive cruise control  – for the North American automotive market.

In a statement Bosch said that the investment is further bolstering its international presence and, at the same time, adding to its global development and application engineering network for automotive technology, which already comprises more than 50 such technical centres.

“The additional capacity of the new technical centre will help us to achieve our long-term growth targets for automotive technology in North America,” said Peter Marks, Bosch board of management member responsible for the Americas.

The Plymouth centre complements the development facilities of nearby Farmington Hills, which is also the North American headquarters of Bosch’s automotive technology business sector.

 In North America, Bosch employs about 25,000 at 80 locations. 2006 sales were worth about EUR7bn.