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Daimler formally opens new R&D site in India; largest R&D center outside of Germany

22 February 2013

Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India (MBRDI) formally opened its new site in Bangalore. With 1,200 employees, MBRDI is the largest Daimler research and development center outside Germany.

Our new center of competence in Bangalore gives us direct access to a highly qualified workforce and excellent networking with the locally based international and national supply industry. With enormous growth potential, India is one of the core markets within our global strategy Mercedes-Benz 2020. With our new research site MBRDI we are further expanding our presence on the market, in order to be closer to the customer also in terms of research and development.

—Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development

MBRDI started off with just ten employees in 1996 and has since transformed itself from a purely research-based site for IT and vehicle electrics/electronics into a center of competence with know-how in the fields of design (Computer Aided Design), simulation (Computer Aided Engineering), electrics/electronics (EE) and information technology (IT) for all divisions across the Daimler AG. The Indian site MBRDI filed 50 patent applications in 2012.

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A wise decision for the future of Mercedes. India is producing very capable engineers in very large numbers. R & D (and mass production) can be done in India at a much lower cost than in EU or USA.

India (like China) with a very large but faster growing population will need and eventually produce more cars than EU or USA in the not too distant future.

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