China’s Changan (joint venture partner of Ford, Suzuki and PSA) wants to draw on British engineering know-how and established a research-and-development center in Nottingham, England.
After Turin, Italy, and Yokohama, Japan, this is Changan’s third foreign R&D Center. According to The Nikkei [sub], the Nottingham facility will focus their research on car bodies and engines. 30 engineers work there already, Changan wants to hire 200 engineers by 2013. The Chinese automaker plans to draw on Nottingham’s strength: 10 percent of its population are college students.
In related news, Geely has plans to build a R&D center for Volvo in the Anting suburb of Shanghai, says Automotive News [sub]. Shanghai International Automobile City is a huge industrial park, centered on SAIC and Shanghai Volkswagen. It is also home to countless parts suppliers.
“We have reached a deal and the R&D center will be built in our automobile city,” said Xu Ming, the City’s vice general manager. Words that will most likely raise suspicion in Sweden. Didn’t Geely promise to leave Volvo engineering in Sweden?
Nottingham’s University has a campus in Ningbo near Shanghai. Anting is home of the Anting Automotive College of Shanghai’s Tongji University.