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Autoneum Opens North American Headquarters In Novi, Michigan

05/11/2017
Autoneum, the market leader in acoustic and thermal management, is inaugurated its new North American Headquarters in Novi, Michigan.

The new facility encompasses more than 84,000 square feet, with an environment designed to promote innovation and collaboration among the 175 employees. The Technical Center marks a significant expansion of the Company's development capabilities in North America, officials said. In addition to the development and adaptation of noise- and heat-reducing vehicle components for the North American market, vehicle predevelopment studies with customers will also be conducted.

According to company officials, Autoneum continues to invest in the automotive market of North America with a new headquarters facility in the USA. The new North America Headquarters includes an integrated Technical Center for acoustic and thermal management.

"Over 45 percent of our Group's net sales are generated by Business Group North America in the USA, Canada and Mexico. Given the importance of this market we have invested over 270 million Swiss francs (approximately 268 million US dollars) in development and expansion of our North American development and production capacities since the spin-off in 2011 and created around 1200 additional full-time jobs - more than 700 of those in the USA alone," said Martin Hirzel CEO of Autoneum.

The new Autoneum facility brings together research and development activities in the North American market with the management of Business Group North America. "Our new Technical Center here in Novi sets the stage to better meet regional customer and market requirements. This facility enables us to further extend our innovation leadership in a profitable way," said John Lenga, Head of Business Group North America.

The Technical Center features state-of-the art laboratories and an expanded development space that gives Autoneum new capabilities for simulation and testing of components, production lines and processes. Integrating administration functions with the Technology Center will both intensify cooperation between development, purchasing and sales and ensure optimal use of synergy with the Competence Center for New Mobility established in early 2017 in Sunnyvale, California.

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