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Autoneum opens new headquarters in Novi
Autoneum has opened its new North America headquarters in Novi (Michigan). Through close proximity of its administrative and technical centre to the automobile hub in Detroit, the world market leader in acoustic and thermal management is ensuring close collaboration with customers and suppliers. The headquarters has an integrated technical centre.
Autoneum continues to invest in the automotive market of North America with the new headquarters facility in the USA. The new North America headquarters with an integrated technical centre for acoustic and thermal management was inaugurated by Martin Hirzel, CEO of Autoneum, and John Lenga, head of business group North America.
Hirzel stressed the importance of this investment in the USA, the world’s second-largest automotive market. “Over 45 per cent of our group’s net sales are generated by business group North America in the USA, Canada and Mexico. Given the importance of this market we have invested over 270 million Swiss francs in development and expansion of our North American development and production capacities since the spin-off in 2011 and created around 1200 additional full-time jobs - more than 700 of those in the USA alone,” said Hirzel.
After nine months of construction time, staff has moved in to the new Novi premises in Michigan recently. The new Autoneum facility brings together research and development activities in the North American market with the management of business group North America.
“Our new technical centre here in Novi sets the stage to better meet regional customer and market requirements. This facility enables us to further extend our innovation leadership in a profitable way,” underlined Lenga.
The technical centre marks a significant expansion of the company's development capabilities in North America. In addition to the development and adaptation of noise- and heat-reducing vehicle components for the North American market, vehicle predevelopment studies with customers will also be conducted. The technical centre features state-of-the art laboratories and an expanded development space that gives Autoneum new capabilities for simulation and testing of components, production lines and processes. Integrating administration functions with the technology centre will both intensify cooperation between development, purchasing and sales and ensure optimal use of synergy with the competence centre for new mobility established in early 2017 in Sunnyvale, California. (SV)