Thursday, May 05, 2005
Mike Shore, MEDC
German Company Continues to Grow in Michigan
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today joined MAHLE Technology, Inc. officials to celebrate the company's newly-created technical center expansion in Farmington Hills. MAHLE's $6.7 million investment doubles the size of its R&D center and will allow the company to further expand its extensive engine testing and measuring operations.
MAHLE was one of several companies Governor Granholm met with during her investment mission to Germany in November 2004. She encouraged the company's expansion here in Michigan. The goal of the mission was to encourage German companies to increase their investments and employment levels in the state.
"Michigan is the undisputed leader of North American automotive-related research and development," Granholm said. "This cluster, combined with some of the world's best engineering talent, make our state a natural choice for companies like MAHLE to expand their technical operations. We welcome this expansion and the new jobs that it is creating."
Prof. Dr. Heinz K. Junker, Chairman of MAHLE's Management Board, emphasized the significance the company's Farmington Hills expansion.
"This new facility exemplifies our commitment to serving the requirements of our automotive and heavy duty diesel customers for superior engine products from a location that is close to their development facilities," said Junker. "It also demonstrates our commitment to the State of Michigan, and gives us access to a highly-trained work force that enables MAHLE to continue bringing innovative and highly engineered engine products to our customers."
MAHLE was founded in Germany in 1920 and is a leading international manufacturer of components for the automotive and engine industry. It is represented globally with nearly 70 locations in Europe and Asia, employing 38,000 people worldwide, and 11 locations and 3,100 employees in North America. Sales in 2004 were approximately $5 billion, positioning the company among the top global 30 Tier I suppliers. MAHLE's central research and development department is located in Stuttgart, Germany, with regional research and development centers in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Tokyo, and Farmington Hills.