The FINANCIAL — In September 2012, Daimler Greater China and Beijing’s renowned Tsinghua University started a joint Research Center for Sustainable Transportation. In the presence of Winfried Kretschmann, Prime Minister of Germany’s federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, on Monday both parties signed a contract about the continuation and further expansion of the research cooperation for another 3 years.
“The signing with Tsinghua University reiterates our commitment to better understand China and the needs of our customers”, said Prof. Dr. Ing. Hans Georg Engel, Head of R&D, Platform Management, Purchasing & Supplier Quality China. “Through our expanded partnership with Tsinghua University, one of China’s leading academic institutions, we will be able to even better optimize our products for use on China’s roads and so furthermore meet our Chinese customers’ specifications within our future product development.”
Today, Kretschmann together with Dr. Nils Schmid, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economics, visited Mercedes-Benz’s production facility in China, Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC) where the C-Class, E-Class, GLA, GLK as well as engines are being locally produced in China and for China, according to Daimler.