Novi-based automotive supplier Cooper Standard today announced the opening of a new Global Technology Center in Livonia. Increasing the capacity of the former technical center in Farmington Hills, the new 137,750-square foot facility houses capabilities in material science, tooling, development, production, and validation. It also serves as the company’s global customer base.
“Our new Global Technology Center is designed to enhance collaboration and accelerate our innovation process,” says Jeffrey S. Edwards, chairman and CEO of Cooper Standard. “This optimized facility is dedicated to forward-looking developments that are generated from our successful i3 Innovation Process. With the facility’s new capabilities, Cooper Standard is innovating in areas of the vehicle that haven’t been revolutionized in decades and creating unique expansion opportunities in adjacent markets.”
The Global Technology Center also consolidates Cooper Standard’s innovation and development teams under one roof in a bid to take products from material development to production reality more quickly.
The Global Technology Center supports all of Cooper Standard’s product lines and offers a fully integrated material development laboratory. It also provides prototype production, a DV/PV testing lab, a full-service tool shop, and offers production equivalent lines for pilot activities and advanced manufacturing engineering.
The Global Technology Center also features an innovation showroom and vehicle display area and houses product strategy teams to enable enhanced collaboration and accelerate product focused innovations.
Cooper Standard is a global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry, including rubber and plastic sealing, fuel brake lines, fluid transfer hoses, and anti-vibration systems. The company employs 30,000 people worldwide and operates in 20 countries.