Automotive: Plastic Omnium invests EUR100 mn in R&D centres in Belgium and China; Röchling invests in R&D centre in Germany

Plastic Omnium invests EUR100 mn in R&D centres in Belgium and China

France’s automotive parts supplier Plastic Omnium has opened two R&D centres in Belgium and China with an investment of EUR100 million, and which are focused on emissions control and fuel systems, as well as new energy developments.

The Chinese centre, known as ω-Omegatech, housing 150 engineers and technicians in Wuhan, provides Plastic Omnium with the resources to support its Asian customers in their quest for clean mobility. With already 57 projects in development, ω-Omegatech will support the group's rapid growth in China, where its fuel systems market share is expected to double to reach 17% by 2022.

Meanwhile, Δ-Deltatech, close to Brussels Airport in Belgium, focuses on emissions reduction and fuel systems. It will also spearhead R&D into new energies, fuel cells and hydrogen storage. By the end of the year it is expected to house 150 engineers and technicians.

Plastic Omnium says the reduction of polluting emissions is at the centre of its innovation strategy for a cleaner, safer and more connected car.

Röchling invests in R&D centre in Germany

Meanwhile, in other news, automotive parts supplier Röchling Engineering Plastics SE & Co. KG has invested in the expansion of its location in Haren, Germany. It is investing EUR9 million in building a new building to house its R&D centre, which will be completed by 2020.

The building will also have an exhibition area, which will provide information about Röchling, the products and applications and the location. Large, representative conference rooms with modern presentation technology are planned, as well as new offices.

Its corporate R&D is the central development department of the Industrial division which is managed from Haren. Corporate R&D bundles and coordinates all R&D activities across the German company’s 42 global locations in the division.

“The new opportunities will enable Corporate R&D to better dedicate itself to the current development issues. The department is to increase efficiency and take on upstream development issues, define and pursue core areas,” explained CEO Franz Lübbers.


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