General Motors China has just announced that it broke ground for the GM China Advanced Technical Center. The facility, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2011, will be right next door to GM China International Operations and GM China Headquarters in Shanghai. It will house 62 test labs, 9 research labs, and 300 employees, including designers, researchers, engineers and technicians.
Among other things, the GM China Advanced Tech Center will “develop advanced vehicle designs and technology solutions for GM on a domestic and global basis.” It will be an integral part of GM’s global engineering and design network, reinforcing GM’s vision to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles. It will enhance GM’s engineering and product development partnerships in China, including the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) in Shanghai and the China Automotive Energy Research Center (CAERC) in Beijing.
“As an integral element of our global product development strategy, the GM China Advanced Technical Center will create advanced technologies and lead GM’s global research in targeted areas. We expect it to become one of GM’s most important and comprehensive technical and design facilities worldwide,” said Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group.