AUBURN HILLS, MI — Siemens VDO Automotive has announced plans to establish a new division with headquarters in Columbia, Richland County, S.C. The new division — Powertrain Diesel Systems North America — will become a national center for research and development, engineering and testing of diesel fuel technology, including piezo electronic fuel injectors, diesel pumps and fuel rails, said the company.
The company said the decision to establish the new division stems from a growing interest in new generation diesel engine technology.
“We have seen increasing interest from North American customers in new generation diesel fuel technology,” said Siemens VDO Automotive President and CEO John Sanderson. “The new headquarters allows us to leverage that interest with our diesel expertise to serve our customers.”
Siemens VDO Automotive first introduced the application of a piezo electronic fuel injection system in 2000. The company recently secured a contract with International Truck and Engine Corp. to supply Ford Motor Co. with piezo injection technology beginning in 2007.
The company will invest $25 million in the new facility, which will employ 120 people, 70 of whom will be new hires from the region. Siemens VDO Automotive is leasing a 17,500-square-foot leased facility that it began refurbishing. The facility will include engine dynamometers and various advanced testing equipment.