Opel opens its all-new Global Propulsion Systems Center

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Just two years after the ground breaking ceremony the new Global Propulsion Systems Center at Opel headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany is ready to go into service.

More than 800 engineers and technicians will develop the propulsion systems of the future in the complex with a surface area of around 36,000sq.m. The complex not only has a technology centre and office space but also 45 latest generation test dynamometers.

The €210m (US$230m) invested in the new Global Propulsion Systems Center is the biggest single investment in buildings in Rüsselsheim since the inauguration of the new production plant in 2002.

“This new centre is a very important strategic investment,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president GM Global Propulsion Systems. “We will develop the propulsion systems of the future here by using ultra-modern tools and a total of 45 new dynamometers. GM decided to build this centre in Rüsselsheim for good reason. It is a sign of appreciation for the performance and the know-how of our highly-qualified Opel engineers. The global network makes GM and Opel especially strong.”

This new construction is part of the €230m (US$252m) investment in new testing and development facilities at the International Technical Development Centre (ITDC) and at the Development Centre in Rodgau-Dudenhofen announced two years ago, with most of the total amount being invested in Rüsselsheim.

The facility is integrated in the global development system of GM Global Propulsion Systems. The output can be optimally evaluated and implemented thanks to the internationally standardised testing procedures and software.

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