General Motors is investing approximately $21 million in a new technical centre in India that will focus on engineering and research and development work.
Located in the Creator Building at the International Technology Park in Bangalore, the technical centre will eventually house approximately 260 people.
The Indian engineering team will provide services for GM Global Engineering, primarily work in which effective collaboration across sites and time zones is feasible. One example is math-based work that can be originated in one vehicle engineering centre, then packaged and sent to India for additional CAD, CAE or CAM work.
The research and development team, on the other hand, will focus on work that complements other GM research programs as well as undertake new exploratory research projects. The initial focus of the team will fall into four areas: math-based tools, lightweight materials and robust manufacturing processes, automotive electronics and controls systems and manufacturing enterprise and management science.
The new organisation complements similar technical centres in Australia and China. GM also has vehicle engineering centres in each of its other main regions, including North America, Europe, and Latin American, Africa and the Middle East.
The centre will begin operations in Summer 2003.