Nissan Motor Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. plans to expand Nissan Technical Center South East Asia (NTCSEA), its regional research and development function, to accelerate Nissan’s R&D activities in the ASEAN region. NTCSEA is the R&D function under Nissan Motor Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. in Thailand.
A broadened scope of responsibility, the addition of new facilities and an increase of staff will significantly contribute to better addressing the needs of customers in the region, the company said. This will also allow for quicker alignment with market requirements.
The details of the expansion include:
By 2015, for models marketed in the region, NTCSEA will be responsible for all research and development processes following the vehicle engineering design stage currently handled by the global R&D function in Japan. This expansion allows NTCSEA to better reflect the specific preferences of customers in the ASEAN region.
With a total investment of ¥3.4 billion (US$36 million) by mid-2014, NTCSEA will add a test course, several testing facilities including chassis and engine dynamometers, and a new management office.
As previously announced, between 2010 and 2016, the workforce will more than triple to 370, including an increase at NTCSEA’s Indonesian branch. NTCSEA currently employs 219 staff.
NTCSEA’s responsibility covers ten countries and six production sites across the ASEAN region.