WABCO OPENS 26 MILLION EURO GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION CENTER
WABCO officially opened its new state-of-the-art Global Technology and Innovation Center in Hannover, Germany. The nearly 26 million euro facility will play an important role in ensuring WABCO’s technology leadership in product development and engineering capabilities through future generations of innovation. Including pioneering technologies to support the industry’s migration towards increasingly autonomous, connected and electric commercial vehicles.
The 11,500 square meter facility includes contemporary workspace for over 420 employees, as well as visiting engineering project teams from across the world. As WABCO's largest Research and Development hub, the new center will fulfil a central role within WABCO’s network of product development and engineering centers that now spans four continents. Specifically, it will provide center of excellence and domain expertise to design and develop WABCO’s advanced safety and efficiency systems for trucks, buses and trailers.
"For nearly 150 years, WABCO has continuously pioneered safety and efficiency technologies which have led the commercial vehicle industry worldwide," said Dr. Christian Brenneke, WABCO Chief Technology Officer. WABCO’s portfolio includes multiple commercial vehicle industry-firsts, such as anti-lock braking systems, collision mitigation systems, electronic stability control and automated manual transmission controls. In 2017 alone, WABCO invested $147 million in product development and engineering and was granted over 380 new patents.
In addition to the Global Technology and Innovation Center, WABCO is planning to invest $21 million to expand its commercial vehicle testing capabilities with the extension of its unique test track for heavy-duty trucks and buses at Jeversen, near Hannover.