Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India (MBRDI) has inaugurated
its second dedicated facility at Whitefield, Bangalore on December 9, 2014. The
facility is spread across an area of 266,000 sqft with capacity of over 2,400
people. It is located close to Whitefield Palms, the head office of MBRDI.
Thomas Merker, Vice President Body, Safety, Telematics
Mercedes-Benz Cars Development and acting Chairman MBRDI said that MBRDI plays
an important role within the company’s global research and development organisation
and this new facility is another milestone in the growth story of Mercedes-Benz
R&D in India. With currently over 2,000 talented engineers and close to 200
patents filed for innovation in automotive development - MBRDI is a success
story, he said. He further noted that India is a high potential market for his company
and MBRDI will continue to ensure that development initiatives are in
accordance to customer needs.
Dr. Michael Gorriz, CIO Daimler commented, “Bangalore is
known as the ‘Silicon-Valley’ of India and to have a strong IT footprint and to
take advantage of the strong talent pool here is an important agenda for us.
MBRDI provides us with highly qualified IT engineers and an already existing
infrastructure. This is in line with our global IT-strategy to further expand
our IT-department into a worldwide organisation with strong international
teams, which represent a striking variety of skills, know-how and foreign
cultures. We are excited about the new facility which translates into growth
for our existing IT-domains, such as a ‘Shared Service Center’ for SAP
applications, as well as developments for mobility services, computer
simulations and augmented reality.”
Manu Saale, MD & CEO MBRDI, stated that MBRDI has an 18
year old history in India and its mission is to be a centre of excellence
within Daimler for Engineering & IT. “Our growth strategy focuses on
harnessing local capabilities and Bangalore with its large talent pool is the
right location for MBRDI. With the new facility we will be able to be
accommodate the robust growth phase that we are now in. We are already over
2,000 people strong. The new facility offers best in class infrastructure and
its proximity to Whitefield Palms, the head office of MBRDI, ensures that there
is excellent functional collaboration and therefore shorter development cycles.
We are excited about our growth and what we offer here at MBRDI,” he added.
MBRDI, headquartered in Bangalore was founded in 1996 as a
captive unit to support Daimler’s research, IT and product development
activities. It focuses on topics ranging from computer-aided design and
simulations (CAD, CAE) for powertrain, chassis and exteriors to embedded
systems, telematics and developing various IT applications and tools. The satellite
office in Pune specialises in interior component designs and IT engineering.