November 14, 2018 / 9:22 AM / 7 months ago

Daimler to open new R&D centre in China to accelerate localisation

BEIJING, Nov 14 (Reuters) - German automaker Daimler AG said on Wednesday it plans to invest 1.1 billion yuan ($158.23 million) in a second research and development centre in Beijing to help accelerate localisation of Mercedes-Benz vehicle models in China.

Daimler said in a statement the new tech centre will be situated close to Daimler’s engine and vehicle assembly hub in China’s capital and is expected to start operations in 2020.

China, the world’s biggest auto market, is Daimler’s single largest market globally. The company’s existing tech centre in Beijing was established in 2014.

“We remain positive for further growth opportunities in China... and will continue with our investment here,” Hubertus Troska, Daimler’s chief for greater China operations, said in a statement. ($1 = 6.9519 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Norihiko Shirouzu; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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