The company has invested more than €10 million in this new 1,200m 2 facility, employing more than 120 engineers, 60 of which are new hires. It aims to turn it into a global benchmark laboratory in the development of electric mobility technology and it set to become a driving force in electromobility solutions for the whole group on an international level.
"The e-Mobility Hub is a huge milestone for Ficosa, as it puts us on the leading edge of the revolution that electric mobility is bringing about in the sector with a cutting-edge centre at a global level. Likewise, this facility joins the hubs in Connectivity and Safety that Ficosa has in Viladecavalls, consolidating its leadership in key technologies for the transformation of the automobile underway and culminating the technological transformation process in Viladecavalls", said Ficosa's CEO, Javier Pujol.
The e-Mobility Hub includes four new laboratories certified by ASPICE, the ISO-Automotive SPICE regulations to develop mechatronic systems. At this centre, Ficosa develops and manufactures software and hardware solutions for hybrid and electric vehicles, specifically battery-management systems (BMS) and on-board chargers (OBC).
The CEO plans to further expand the e-Mobility Hub in 2019, adding 100 more engineers, as well as adding 750m 2 and another laboratory to meet Ficosa's needs and predicted growth in the field of electromobility.
The new e-Mobility Hub joins the other hubs in Connectivity and Safety that Ficosa has in Viladecavalls, which work for the company globally. This way, Ficosa is reinforcing its leadership in strategic products for more aided driving, driverless vehicles, connected cars and e-mobility, which have become pillars of the group's growth.
The company currently employs 1,170 engineers worldwide, of which 700 work at the Viladecavalls Technology Centre, the group's most important engineering centre. Last year alone, 160 new engineers joined Ficosa who roughly reinvested about 8% of its sales in R&D last year.
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