Nexteer opens technical center in Suzhou

By Dave Leggett | 10 January 2020

Nexteer Automotive has opened a technical center in Suzhou Industrial Park that it says will enhance local technical support and capitalize on emerging market growth opportunities in Asia Pacific.

"Relentless innovation and customer responsiveness have been in Nexteer's DNA since our beginning more than 110 years ago and drives the purpose of our new, state-of-the-art Asia Pacific Technical Center," said Robin Milavec, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer & Chief Strategy Officer, Nexteer Automotive. "Nexteer's Asia Pacific Technical Center expands our global engineering expertise, enhances our local customer support and facilitates our growth in emerging markets, especially China."

The new Nexteer Asia Pacific Technical Center covers an area of more than 30,000 square meters, including 19,000 square meters of office buildings, 12,800 square meters of research and development (R&D) labs and 1,500 square meters of test tracks. Together, these capabilities provide in-house ownership of a systematic and comprehensive engineering processes in one site: from prototyping to testing, from mechanical design to software design, from test track to global manufacturing footprint in close proximity to Nexteer's customers. The technical center will also serve as the headquarters of Nexteer's Asia Pacific Division, housing corporate functions such as sales, purchasing, finance and more.

The Asia Pacific Technical Center will serve as the hub for its Column-assist Electric Power Steering product line.