Daimler to open new R&D center in China to accelerate localization
Daimler announced plans to build a Research and Development Tech Center China with a total investment of over 1.1 billion RMB. This marks the further expansion of the company's footprint in its single largest market and will be its second major R&D site in Beijing, following the Mercedes-Benz R&D Center established in 2014. Located on the premises of the local production hub Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd., the R&D Tech Center will allow Daimler to accelerate the localization of new Mercedes-Benz products in China. Scheduled to start operations in 2020, the R&D Tech Center's proximity to the production hub will enable the integrated campus concept of local production with R&D, through the existing pilot plant, test track and test benches at BBAC, together and new test labs and workshops at the R&D Tech Center for testing in new energy vehicle technology, powertrain and chassis, emissions and in-vehicle air quality.