At an event held Thursday, Sept. 24, in Bangalore, India, ArvinMeritor opened a new technical center that will lead its product development initiatives for its portfolio of axles and brakes for commercial and other vehicle applications in Asia Pacific, and will support its engineering needs in North America, South America and Europe.
“Growth in Asia Pacific, particularly India and China, is a key component of our business strategy,” says Tim Bowes, ArvinMeritor’s vice president and managing director for Asia Pacific. “To support the growth we have planned in this region, we identified the need to increase the size of our engineering footprint in India – which was established more than 10 years ago. This new engineering center accelerates our ability to provide advanced product solutions for on- and off-highway, bus and coach, military and other industrial applications.”
The company says the grand opening ceremony included a tour of the facility, which highlighted the center’s engineering capabilities, specifically:
Product design and development, including design optimization and value engineering;
Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE), including finite element modeling and analysis; and
A benchmarking and testing area that will house dynamometer rigs for axles and brakes, road load data acquisition and hydraulic rigs for vertical fatigue and side skid.
The Bangalore Technical Center occupies about 16,000 square feet of office space, with an additional 4000 square feet dedicated to a test lab. About 100 employees will be employed at the facility, which the company says will be a critical element in its global engineering network that also includes research and development labs in Troy, Mich.; Cameri, Italy; and Cwmbran, U.K.