Varroc Lighting Systems has opened a new research and development office in Krakow, Poland.

It is the company’s second largest investment in Poland in recent months, following the announcement of a manufacturing plant in Niemce, slated to open in the 3rd quarter of this year. 

“The opening of this new research and development centre continues our plan of global growth,” said Varroc Lighting Systems president and CEO, Stephane Vedie.

“We have a footprint in terms of both development and production, and this location will help us maintain our competitive advantage.” 

For his part, Varroc SVP product development, Todd Morgan added: “As the automotive lighting industry changes and technology becomes more complex, it is critical we continue to expand our engineering capacity and capability.

“This location will allow us to further develop products for our customers. Lighting is rapidly evolving into a complex electronic component on the vehicle.

“Mechanical and optical engineering will continue to play an important role in our development, however, we are aggressively looking to expand our capability in electronic hardware and software design.

“Our strategy is to integrate ADAS sensors into our products and this will only accelerate this trend to support the needs of tomorrow’s autonomous and electric vehicles.” 

The 1,325 m² office will have a capacity of more than 100 workplaces and will be responsible for developing all types of automotive lighting technologies available in Varroc’s portfolio – from standard halogen lamps up to matrix and laser lamps.

There will be an engineering centre which will include optics, electronics, and mechanics departments.

The office will also serve as a hub for company’s Global Purchasing function and will include other administrative departments such as IT, HR and Finance. 

Along with the opening of the new office in Krakow, Varroc Lighting Systems plans to establish strong cooperation and partnerships with AGH University of Science and Technology and Krakow University of Technology. 

 “We are continuously looking for engineers at all levels,” said Morgan. “Varroc’s objective is to establish a link between the needs of the business and the support we can give as a company to the students and universities. We definitely see Krakow providing an environment to promote innovation.”