As part of its $16 million North American expansion plan, Farmington Hills-based Mahle Powertrain, which provides engine and vehicle testing, gasoline systems development, powertrain assembly, and more to the automotive industry, will open a new North American headquarters in Plymouth Township this November.
The company’s new 45,000-square-foot building, located at 14900 Galleon Court, is equipped with a four-wheel-drive chassis dynamometer, seven vehicle lifts, five powertrain test cells, and a wiring-and-instrumentation laboratory.
Further expansion plans of the facility call for two additional powertrain test cells, upgrades to engine and vehicle test beds to meet regulatory requirements for certification, and additional equipment to support hybrid-electric vehicle testing.
“Our Plymouth Township headquarters will be one of the most technically advanced engine-development facilities in North America,” says Hugh Blaxill, managing director of Mahle Powertrain. “The new facility is designed to support a wide range of advanced engine-development activities, including (Mahle’s) Jet Ignition program.”
He says that the move also will enable the company to provide additional customer support in advanced engine testing for gasoline, diesel, hybrid, propane, and natural gas powertrains.
The North American powertrain operation, which is part of the Mahle group organization, employs more than 40 people and expects to add up to 20 new powertrain engineering positions over the next several years.
As of 2015, the Mahle group is represented in 34 countries and has more than 170 production locations.