Porsche Engineering expands presence in China with new office in Beijing

The new Porsche Engineering R&D office is located in Chaoyang District in Peking.

Porsche Engineering, a technology service provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Porsche, establishes another Chinese site to even better meet the ever-expanding localization needs for the Chinese market, particularly in terms of highly automated driving, connectivity, infotainment, and assistance systems. The new location in Beijing extends and complements the competencies of Porsche Engineering at its other Chinese site in Shanghai, where more than 130 employees are already working on various high-tech automotive projects.

Peter Schäfer, CEO of Porsche Engineering.

“Developments for China are ideally pursued in China itself; only there are the engineers close enough to the market and customers to develop China-specific functions,” says Peter Schäfer, CEO of Porsche Engineering and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Porsche Engineering in China. “We have already been well positioned for this in Shanghai, and the Beijing office’s close proximity to key customers will support us in our plans to build an even stronger presence in China’s market, further strengthening our capabilities in developing intelligent and connected vehicles.” The new R&D office is located in Chaoyang District where a host of well-known automotive companies have set up their offices.

“The Chinese market has become a leading source of key technologies and industry transformation thanks to customers’ affinity for high-tech developments. As a luxury sports car manufacturer, strengthening local investment and R&D is a significant part of Porsche’s global innovation strategy,” adds Michael Kirsch, President, and CEO of Porsche China. “With the expansion of Porsche Engineering in Beijing, I expect a fast growth of the overall R&D and engineering capabilities of the Porsche Group in China, and further contributions to our success in the global market while promoting local innovation.”

“Intelligent and connected vehicles are at the heart of Porsche Engineering’s developments in China, as these services are well-sought,” says Uwe Pichler-Necek, CEO of Porsche Engineering in China. “The opening of Porsche Engineering’s new Beijing office is an important step towards realizing our goals of adapting to the special characteristics of the Chinese market and developing specifically for vehicles in China.”

Uwe Pichler-Necek, CEO of Porsche Engineering in China.
Uwe Pichler-Necek, CEO of Porsche Engineering in China.

China’s automotive market features a comprehensive digital ecosystem and specific legal requirements. Furthermore, the demands of Chinese customers are becoming more specific and exact. Vehicle systems and development methods for China are largely carried out locally to cater to the special characteristics of the country. With a strong commitment to the company’s strategy, Porsche Engineering has therefore been active in China for more than 30 years and is continuing to expand its footprint in China. “At the moment we are in the middle of the recruiting process,” adds Pichler-Necek. “We are always looking for motivated and qualified colleagues, who would like to shape the mobility of the future together with us.” In China, Porsche Engineering employs primarily experts for highly automated driving, chassis, high-voltage systems, connected services, and infotainment, who work on a variety of automotive projects.

Edited Porsche Factory Press Release 
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