RASTATT, Germany - Fuel systems supplier Walbro Corp. will build an advanced engineering center in Rastatt.
The DM20 million ($12 million), 3,000-square-meter center will be completed by the end of the year.
The center is based on Walbro's engineering center in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Walbro claims it is the most advanced in the world for testing fuel tanks and storage.
The center will develop and test all new Walbro fuel system products for Europe. The operation will include laboratories for testing evaporative emissions and for testing the noise, vibration and harshness of components.
Walbro has six manufacturing sites and two development centers in Europe, and joint ventures in India and South Korea.
One of the development facilities, in Kongsvinger, Norway, is still under construction.
The company's 1996 sales were $585 million. Its net income was $11 million.