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AVL Opened Second Technical Center in China

There´s a festive mood in Tianjin, China: High-tech company AVL has recently opened its second technical center in China. The AVL Tianjin Technical Center will reinforce AVL's ability to respond to the needs of the Chinese market and further expand its local capabilities. AVL CEO Helmut List: "We regard this new technical center in Tianjin as a big step towards broadening and strengthening AVL's comprehensive areas of expertise. With this center we are even better able to support customers in the Chinese market and offer them cutting-edge engineering solutions."

In its final stage of expansion, the technical center, situated in the north of China, will accommodate as many as 25 engine, transmission, powertrain and hybrid test beds. Already on completion of the first construction stage, involving an investment volume amounting to EUR 20 million, a vehicle chassis dyno, a powertrain test bed and other test systems are scheduled to go into operation. The 12,000 square meter AVL site is located in Tianjin's Technological Economic Development Area (TEDA).

AVL's ties with China go back decades

AVL initially established business contacts with China many years ago. As early as in 1926, Professor Hans List, the founder of AVL, accepted a call to Tongji State University in Wusong, China. Around 35 years ago, AVL significantly stepped up its involvement in China. In 1987, the first AVL office opened in Beijing. An office in Shanghai (1995) and a joint venture in Xiamen (1999) followed. Since the opening of the first technical center in Shanghai in 2003, AVL has been increasingly offering professional development services in the Chinese market. In total, AVL employs around 500 people in China, who work in the business areas of Powertrain Systems Development, Simulation and Test Systems.

AVL is the world's largest independent company for development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains (hybrid, combustion engines, transmission, electric drive, batteries and software) for passenger cars, trucks and large engines. As of 2014 AVL had more than 7.470 employees worldwide and annual sales of EUR 1.15 billion.