WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) laid the foundation stone for its new Engineering Innovation Center in Hanover, Germany.
Starting in 2018, approximately 450 employees will work in an area of 11,500 square meters on the latest technologies and systems for commercial vehicles worldwide. The innovation center will play a significant role in the development of new solutions that support the commercial vehicle industry to pave the way towards more connected and automated driving and create safer and more efficient trucks, buses and trailers.
In addition to laboratories and test rooms, innovative office spaces will be created, helping to make the cooperation of various product development teams even more efficient. In order to continuously advance an atmosphere of creativity, a team of engineers was involved in the designing process of the new offices. Also situated in the Innovation Center will be WABCO’s advanced development department, which works on future projects such as e-mobility and automated driving in the commercial vehicle sector.
"With the investment in the Engineering Innovation Center we are setting new standards for a modern engineering environment which will enable the development of many new efficient systems and innovative solutions. At the same time, we are strengthening WABCO’s position as a technology leader due to additional product development capacities and the flexible infrastructure that will be created here," said Juergen Heller, Managing Director at WABCO Germany.
"The Engineering Innovation Center will be the new hub of our product development," added Dr. Christian Wiehen, WABCO's Chief Technology Officer. "We are looking forward to working on the next generations of technologies that make commercial vehicles even safer and thus help to save lives."