The Schaeffler Group is investing EUR 10 million to expand its software and electronics expertise by opening a new center of competence in software development in Pune, India.
The newly formed entity Schaeffler Technology Solutions India Pvt Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Schaeffler Group and will employ 200 engineers in India by the end of 2022 and will be part of Schaeffler’s e-mobility business division. Engineers at the new technology center in Pune will contribute to the business in the areas of software development, electronics, mechatronics and validation, which are key to seamlessly integrating electrical and mechanical components for overall system reliability and performance.
A leading global supplier to the automotive and industrial sectors, Schaeffler will develop electronics and software for the company’s automotive components and systems, particularly for e-mobility and chassis applications. The group’s Pune facility will also be an important part of the international R&D network. The global supplier also plans to expand its development team in India over the coming years, making the country a key location and center of competence for Schaeffler’s software and electronics development.
Uwe Wagner, Chief Technology Officer of Schaeffler AG, said, “Strengthening competence in mechatronics, electronics and software plays a decisive role in Schaeffler’s company strategic roadmap 2025. As part of the Schaeffler global R&D network But, the newly established company in Pune, Schaeffler Technology Solutions India Pvt Ltd will play a key role here. Together, we are well equipped to continue our successful journey.”
The company already offers a very wide range of electric drives solutions and aims to make big progress in this area by developing everything from individual electromobility components to highly complex systems such as the 4in1 Electric. Electric motor, power electronics, transmission, and thermal management in an integrated system. Schaeffler designs and manufactures a diverse mix of efficient and durable drive solutions for a wide range of applications – everything from bicycles to 40-tonne trucks. Activities in this area include the development of semi- and fully electric powertrains, fuel cell systems, and efficient internal combustion engines. This is linked not only to CO2 efficient powertrains but also to new chassis applications, including technologies that enable highly automated driving.
The group’s new development center in India will leverage the AUTOSAR platform and architecture to support multiple projects focusing on complex functional safety topics ranging from quality management to ASIL D applications and cybersecurity. During the first nine months of 2022, the e-mobility business at Schaeffler won a total of 4.7 billion euros in orders related to the e-mobility business division, the company says.