TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. will open a new technical center in Anting, China in 2013. The facility will handle r&d, engineering design and application as well as testing and validation work across all of the steering and safety system maker's product lines, the company said.
"The new Tech Center in China demonstrates our long-term commitment to China and the region and when complete will be one of our largest technical facilities worldwide," TRW CEO John Plant, said in a release Tuesday. "With over 26 million vehicles predicted to be built in the year 2016 in China, the automotive industry needs to be prepared to support this tremendous growth. Our Tech Center will support our customers with their ambitious plans."
TRW will invest a double-digit-million amount in the facility, which will be near its electronics and steering plant, a spokeswoman said.
The 32,000 square meter facility will be able to accommodate more than 1,000 engineers, the U.S.-based supplier said. The company currently has 18 facilities, including its Asia Pacific headquarters, in China.
TRW ranks No. 11 on the Automotive News Europe list of the top 100 global suppliers, with sales to automakers of $11.6 billion in 2009.