Dana Corporation today announced that it is expanding its global engineering network by opening new Fuel Cell Support Centres in Rugby, England, and Toyohashi, Japan.
According to Dana, the two new support centers will complement facilities in Neu-Ulm, Germany; Paris, Tennessee; and Oakville, Canada. Combined, the five centres will serve as a network of specialist hubs to support engineering research and high-volume production methods.
At the Rugby centre, the team is engaged in developing derivations of Dana’s Intelligent Cooling pumps to make them suitable for fuel-cell applications.
The new centre in Japan is located in the existing Dana Asian Technical Centre. The centre will focus on new business and applications support for the Asian markets.
Both new centres are said to have extensive engineering, testing, designing, prototyping, and customer service capabilities. According to a statement, they are closely integrated into the Dana network, enabling the Fuel Cell Support Centre teams to call on the expertise available from Dana’s worldwide technical resources.
‘In creating this network of Fuel Cell Support Centres, we are able to develop intellectual property around our core products,’ said Joe Magliochetti, Dana chairman and CEO. ‘By drawing on our global expertise and technology resources, we are helping the fuel-cell industry emerge as a mainstream technology.’
‘In addition to providing specialised fuel-cell technology expertise, our automotive bloodlines enable us to bring the knowledge of high-volume manufacturing and quality systems to the fuel cell industry,’ added Mike Laisure, president, Engine and Fluid Management Group. ‘This knowledge is essential to help fuel cell developers move from the development stage to low-volume manufacturing and eventually to a high-volume market.’