GM complex to be 'most comprehensive' auto tech center in China

  • 22-Dec-2011 03:36 EST
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The second phase of the two-phase ATC will focus on advanced design, vehicle engineering, advanced powertrain development, urban mobility, and manufacturing processes.

The second phase of the General Motors China Advanced Technical Center—what GM describes as "the most-comprehensive advanced automotive technology development center in China"—is slated to open in the second half of 2012. Adjacent to the GM China International Operations and GM China Headquarters in Shanghai, the second phase of the two-phase ATC will focus on advanced design, vehicle engineering, advanced powertrain development, urban mobility, and manufacturing processes. Construction was about one-fourth complete as of mid-December. It will complement the first phase of the ATC, the Advanced Materials Laboratory, which opened in September and is engaged in research and development of battery cells and lightweight materials. The new battery testing facility is fully operational, with commissioning and correlation tests finished. The lab has been carrying out testing of different submissions from selected Chinese battery suppliers. The 65,000-m2 (700,000-ft2) ATC will serve as the home of four key GM technical and design organizations: the China Science Lab, Vehicle Engineering Lab, Advanced Powertrain Engineering Lab, and Advanced Design Center. When complete, it will include 62 test labs and 9 research labs and have more than 300 employees, including engineers, designers, researchers, and technicians.

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