Dana Opens China Technical Center
Dana Holding Corp. has officially opened its new 12,000 m2 (129,000 sq.ft.) technical center in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China. The Dana China Technical Center is intended to provide advanced product and applications engineering for original equipment manufacturers in the light vehicle, commercial -vehicle, and off-highway markets in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
"We have recognized the importance of supporting the Chinese market for more than two decades,” said Roger J. Wood, president and chief executive officer of Dana. “And we will continue to allocate an increasing share of our resources toward supporting our customers in the region."
The Dana China Technical Center includes a 5800 m2 (62,000 sq. ft.) test lab and provides 3200 m2 (34,000 square feet) of manufacturing space to supplement the 17,000 m2 (183,000 sq. ft.) dedicated to manufacturing at the adjacent Dana Wuxi Technologies Co. Ltd., facility.
The Dana China Technical Center is the company's 15th advanced engineering facility around the world and will help the company serve its customers in the region, which include Daimler, Dongfeng Motor, Ford, Jinbei, SAIC, Sany, SGM, Southeast Motor Corp., Toyota, VW Group, XCMG, XGMA and Zoomlion. Fully integrated into Dana's global research and development system, the Dana China Technical Center has been equipped to support new products from concept development through launch, as well as to adapt technologies developed elsewhere in the world for the specific needs of the China market.
Currently home to more than 50 engineers, the engineering staff at the Dana China Technical Center will increase to a total of 130 by 2016 to facilitate the delivery of new product offerings for China and the rest of the region, Dana said.
Most of the engineering activities at the center are currently focused on Dana's growing off-highway portfolio for the region. "For more than 20 years, Dana has been building a reputation in China as the Tier One partner that OEMs can trust for the timely delivery of dependable powertrain solutions," said George Constand, Dana's chief technical and quality officer. "Our research and development center in Wuxi is the latest example of our commitment to better align with the unique technological and market requirements of our customers in the region."
Dana currently has 10 facilities in China that employ more than 8000 people, including operations in which it holds a minority interest.