Porsche Engineering expands in China with new office in Beijing

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“Developments for China are ideally pursued in China itself; only there are the engineers close enough to the market and customers to develop China-specific functions,” says Peter Schäfer, CEO of Porsche Engineering in a press release. “We have already been well positioned for this in Shanghai, and the proximity of the Beijing office to key customers will support us in our plans to build an even stronger presence in the Chinese market, further strengthening our capabilities in developing smart and connected vehicles.

The new R&D office is located in Chaoyang district, where many famous automobile companies have set up their offices. The new Beijing site adds to Porsche Engineering’s existing site in Shanghai, where more than 130 employees are already working on various high-tech automotive projects.

“The Chinese market has become a major source of key technologies and industry transformation thanks to customers’ affinity for high-tech developments. As a manufacturer of luxury sports cars, strengthening local investment and R&D is an important part of Porsche’s global innovation strategy,” adds Michael Kirsch, President and CEO of Porsche China.

Le continues to say that with the expansion in Beijing, it expects rapid growth in the Group’s overall R&D and engineering capabilities in the country.

Uwe Pichler-Necek, CEO of Porsche Engineering China, says intelligent and connected vehicles are at the heart of Porsche Engineering’s developments in China.

“The opening of Porsche Engineering’s new office in Beijing is an important step towards achieving our goals of adapting to the special characteristics of the Chinese market and developing specific vehicles in China.”

He goes on to say that right now Porsche Engineering is in the middle of a recruitment process as it looks to add more talent. In China, Porsche Engineering mainly employs experts in highly automated driving, chassis, high-voltage systems, connected services and infotainment, who work on a variety of automotive projects.

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