SDS opens new Technical Centre in China

Posted on 06 Nov 2018 and read 220 times
SDS opens new Technical Centre in China GKN Automotive’s Chinese joint venture — SDS — has officially opened a Technical Centre in Shanghai’s Kangqiao suburb that will research and develop ‘state of the art’ technologies for constant-velocity joint (CVJ), all-wheel-drive (AWD) and eDrive systems.

The opening of the Technical Centre also marks 30 years since GKN (www.gkn.com) established its automotive joint venture in China — the first Tier One automotive supplier to do so.

More than 300 jobs have been created at the new facility, initially to work with customers in China on local applications of GKN Automotive’s existing eDrive, AWD and CVJ technologies.

In the future, the SDS Technical Centre will have the expertise and resources to be the project leader for global development of new products.

John McLuskie, president of GKN Auto-motive China, said: “The official opening of the new Technical Centre in Shanghai represents another step in a major investment programme in what is currently the most significant market for eDrive.

"The growth of vehicle electrification is accelerating faster in China than anywhere else in the world.”

SDS has already built a market-leading position in CVJs and driveshafts, and it continues to innovate and introduce advanced technologies.

The expansion of its capabilities for GKN Automotive’s eDrive technologies will meet higher demand from new and existing OEM clients, with development and manufacturing initially serving a raft of new business wins — for electrified powertrains in particular.

Engineers at SDS will have the opportunity to contribute to some of the most advanced eDrive systems in the world, including bespoke eAxle technologies that will be exported to clients’ production facilities in Europe.

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