Mercedes-Benz recently inaugurated a new R&D facility in Pune. This new office is Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India (MBRDI)'s hub in this region to partner closely with suppliers in India for its activities in product development and IT services. The new facility is located at the Embassy Tech Zone in SEZ at Hinjewadi in Pune. It is spread over an area of 46,000 sq. ft. and has the capacity to house 400 people.
It supports Daimler's research, IT and product development activities and focuses on activities ranging from computer-aided design and simulations (CAD, CAE) for powertrain, chassis and exteriors to embedded systems, telematics and developing various IT applications and tools. It is now one of the largest R&D facilities of Daimler outside Germany.
Thomas Merker, vice president, body and safety, Mercedes-Benz Cars development and chairman, MBRDI said, "MBRDI plays an important role within our global research and development organization. The new facility in Pune marks another milestone and allows us to expand while still being close to both our Mercedes-Benz plant and our relevant automotive suppliers. For us, India is a strategic location as emerging market, for the competent talent pool and global supplier network."
This new facility will serve as the satellite office in Pune that specialises in interior component designs and IT engineering. It allows the company to expand while still being close to both, the Mercedes-Benz plant and its relevant automotive suppliers.