Transformation of a global R&D Centre towards Mechatronics and e-Mobility


  • Automotive TIER1 supplier, global market leader in their domain / business
  • Producer of classical mechanical components in the area of powertrain and chassis


  • Company target: creation and establishment of a global R&D Centre for mechatronic systems and e-axles
  • Challenges:
    • Limited competencies in the areas of e-motors, reduction gearboxes and power electronics
    • Limited competencies in the areas of electronics, software, system engineering and –integration
    • Missing development processes, -methods and -tools


  • Plan to close competence- and process gaps and implementation thereof
  • Investments in prototype manufacturing and validation of e-axles and mechatronic systems
  • Definition and implementation of new development processes, -methods and -tools


  • Creation of new R&D functions / areas (E/E, Software, System-Engineering, e-motor, transmissions)
  • First joint pre-development projects with customers leading to business awards
  • Central coordination and support of global application projects (USA, China, Japan)

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