Saturday, 17 January 2015

Changan UK R&D seeks UK engineers

Changan UK R&D Centre Limited (CAUK) is looking to recruit advanced engine and transmission design and development engineers as well as electronics engineers for its Nottingham R&D centre.

Changan Automotive is in the top 15 of vehicle manufactures in the world and top four in China, according to the company.

Changan currently produce 2 million vehicles a year under its own brand, which it claims represents a sales income over £10 billion. Changan also has joint ventures with Ford Motor Company, Mazda Motor Corporation, Suzuki Motor Corporation and PSA.

Changan UK R&D Centre Limited (CAUK) is a UK company set up by Changan Automobile in June 2010. CAUK is dedicated for powertrain design and development for Changan's next generation vehicles.

CAUK is currently based in Nottingham and says it has ambitious expansion plans for other, as yet undisclosed sites in the UK. With major engine and transmission projects ongoing and planned in CAUK, it is expected that more than 200 jobs will be created in CAUK in next three years, the company says. 

Changan's vision is to create the world's leading automotive company. Changan UK R&D centre is described as being a vital part of the company's future strategy.

Changan has a number of R&D centres around the world, including the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering in headquarters (Chongqing), Automobile Research Institute (Shanghai), Automobile Research Institute (Beijing), Automobile Research Institute (Harbin), Automobile Research Institute (Jiangxi), Changan Auto European Design Centre (Italy), Changan Auto Japan Design Center (Japan), Changan UK Research & Development Centre (UK) and Changan USA Research & Development Center (USA).

The company claims that five domestic R&D centres in China and four overseas R&D centres help Changan form a global R&D structure of ‘Five Countries (China, Italy, Japan, UK and USA); and nine Locations (Chongqing, Shanghai, Beijing, Harbin, Jiangxi, Turin, Yokohama, Nottingham and Detroit).

The locations have different functions. The sites in China are responsible for vehicle engineering for various applications; the location in Turin, Italy is responsible for styling; the Yokohama facility in Japan covers interior design; the Nottingham, UK location, as mentioned is responsible for advanced engine and transmission design and development; and finally the facility in Detroit, Michigan in the US is responsible for chassis design and development.

The UK location is at No. 1 Nottingham Science Park – opposite Nottingham University. Changan is following in the footsteps of Tata Motors which located its technical centre on the Warwick University site

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