MAHLE Powertrain, the global leader in engine development and consultancy, has opened the doors to its new half a million pound Vehicle Engineering Centre (VEC) in Northampton, UK.
Mahle Powertrain, which claims it is the global leader in engine development and consultancy, notes that its new VEC is “a strong statement” of the company’s commitment to the European car industry, and allows it to extend its range of services and facilities offered to global vehicle manufacturers.
Opened at a special ceremony on 13 July 2016, the VEC houses a new, fully-equipped vehicle workshop with six vehicle build stations, and two new project offices capable of accommodating up to 50 members of staff.
The VEC will be used for a variety of services including the development of prototype vehicles, installation of alternate powertrains and developing thermal management systems. It will also serve as a base for real driving emissions (RDE) testing, with two sets of PEMS (Portable Emissions Measurement System) equipment available. In addition, the company’s test process and routes recently gained approval from the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA).
The state-of-the-art facility will see Mahle Powertrain further its work on various projects such as 48V supercharging, advanced engine downsizing, EV range extenders and developing parallel hybrid technologies.
The opening ceremony also saw a variety of Mahle Powertrain’s customers’ cars on display – highlighting the company’s expertise in advanced powertrain development across a broad range of applications.
Simon Reader, Mahle Powertrain’s engineering director, commented: “We are delighted to be able to open our new VEC, which allows us to expand our operations and technical capability here in Northampton. Mahle Powertrain has a long-term commitment of investing in its facilities and driving forward the automotive industry, not just in the UK, but across Europe and further afield. This is highlighted by our work with some of the industry’s biggest automotive brands.”
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