thyssenkrupp opens new development centre for powertrain technology in China

Apr 25, 2017   Tier Suppliers

Around €10 million invested in new development centre in Dalian.

The industrial and technology group thyssenkrupp opened a new development centre for engine components in Dalian, China. The Group will concentrate its engine component development and prototyping activities at the 2,000 square metre development centre in the future. The investment volume is around €10 million. The new development centre is situated on the grounds of the existing production site in Dalian, where the company has been manufacturing assembled camshafts and cylinder head cover modules since 2005.

"With the new development centre we want to serve our customers in China with even better customised and more efficient products. The needs of OEMs in China are growing steadily – especially as regards CO2 and other emission standards. We want to support them locally with customised development work," explained Karsten Kroos, CEO of thyssenkrupp´s Components Technology division. The centre in Dalian will focus on the development of innovative valve train products specifically for the Chinese market.

In recent years the Chinese market has become more and more important for the Group's automotive activities. In the past fiscal year alone, the component division increased its sales in China by around 8% to €1 billion. Orders from Chinese automakers are playing a key role as China continues to lead global growth in the auto industry. Some 27 million vehicles were produced in the country in 2016.

Driven by new customer orders, thyssenkrupp has invested over €300 million in expanding its component production network in China in the past three years. Overall, thyssenkrupp employs over 5,100 people at its automotive sites in China.

"Competition among the different powertrain systems is nowhere as dynamic as in China. Efficiency gains in the internal combustion engine are just as important as the development of improved hybrid and all-electric drives. With our products and services we support this transformation in many ways independent from the drivetrain technology," said Kroos.

Powertrain components from thyssenkrupp such as cylinder head covers with integrated camshafts are up to 30% lighter than conventional products and help reduce fuel consumption and lower harmful emissions. thyssenkrupp is also a supplier of electrical steel and components, which are used in hybrid and electric drives. In addition, the Group is involved in battery manufacturing for electric vehicles and offers both manufacturing facilities and housing structures for vehicle batteries.

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