Ricardo and the China Automotive Technology &Research Center (CATARC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see Ricardo collaborate with the independent automotive technology organization. Collaboration envisaged under the MoU will include the introduction of new Ricardo automotive technology to China and the joint execution of development programs for Chinese customers.
China Automotive Technology &Research Center (CATARC) was established in 1985 as a center of automotive excellence independent of any manufacturer. The company currently employs more than 2000 employees in technical facilities such as those at its Tianjin headquarters. In addition to supporting individual manufacturers with product development and testing expertise, CATARC assists the Chinese government in areas including the formulation of automotive regulations, product certification testing, quality system certification, industry planning and policy formulation support, information services and pre-competitive technology research.
CATARC is pleased to have entered this landmark agreement with Ricardo. With the recent significant expansion of our technical base, CATARC now has extensive research and development facilities including powertrain and vehicle test laboratories and specialist equipment for NVH refinement, and EMC, vehicle safety and emissions testing. By combining our strengths with those of Ricardo, we aim to provide an unprecedented level of service and consulting support to customers in the Chinese automotive industry.—Zhao Hang, president of CATARC