Mahle to expand North American operations

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Mahle Powertrain has announced the opening a new North American headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan later this year as part of a US$16m expansion that will create multiple new jobs and accelerate a variety of advanced engine-development programs.

Mahle’s Powertrain division will move from its current corporate headquarters in Farmington Hills to a 45,000-square-foot building in Plymouth, recently acquired from Westport Fuel Systems.

The new Plymouth location is equipped with a four-wheel-drive chassis dynamometer, seven vehicle lifts, five powertrain test cells and a wiring-and-instrumentation laboratory. Further expansion plans call for two additional powertrain test cells, upgrades to engine and vehicle test beds to meet regulatory requirements for certification, and additional equipment to support hybrid-electric vehicle testing.

The official opening of the new facility is expected to take place in early November.

Mahle Powertrain is one of the world’s leading engineering services companies. The North American powertrain operation currently employs more than 40 people and expects to add up to 20 new powertrain engineering positions over the next several years.

“Our Plymouth headquarters will be one of the most technically advanced engine-development facilities in North America,” says Hugh Blaxill, managing director of Mahle Powertrain, LLC. “The new facility is designed to support a wide range of advanced engine-development activities, including Mahle’s Jet Ignition program.”

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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