Mercedes-Benz opens second R&D facility in Bengaluru

Mercedes-Benz opens second R&D facility in Bengaluru

German automobile major Mercedes-Benz Tuesday opened its second research and development facility here to expand R&D and IT activities in India for its parent firm Daimler AG.

"The India R&D centre plays a crucial role in our global R&D organisation, with 200 patents filed for innovation in automotive development since our entry into India 18 years ago," Mercedes-Benz R&D India officiating chairman Thomas Merker said in a statement here.

Spread over 266,000 square feet, the sprawling facility at Embassy Crest in the city's eastern suburb, has capacity to house about 2,400 employees, 400 more than its present strength.

"As India is a high potential market for us, the centre will ensure that development initiatives are in accordance to customer needs," Merker said.

Being in proximity to its first R&D centre at Whitefield Palms, the new facility has functional collaboration for shorter development cycles and robust growth.

"As India's Silicon Valley, since Bengaluru has strong IT footprint, we are here to take advantage of its bright talent pool for our R&D centre, which is in line with our global IT-strategy to further expand and have diverse skills, know-how and foreign cultures," Daimler chief information officer Michael Gorriz said on the occasion.

The new facility also has a shared service centre for SAP applications and developments for mobility services, computer simulations and augmented reality.
Daimler uses Mercedes-Benz as its brand for luxury automobiles, buses coaches and trucks.

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