The new development center and the testing facility upgrade together represent an investment of about 20 million euros for Schaeffler. “The ability to innovate has never been more critical to our company’s success,” said Matthias Zink, CEO Automotive Technologies at Schaeffler AG. “As a future-oriented technology company, Schaeffler is therefore investing heavily in research and development – in Kysuce and worldwide.”
The center develops products and components for electromobility as well as chassis systems for applications such as automated driving.
Schaeffler’s Kysuce location has a workforce of about 4,300 people from 20 nations, more than 350 of whom work in development. The company aims to have as many as 500 developers working there on future mobility by 2025. To achieve this, Schaeffler is creating a range of new positions at the location, focusing in particular on partially and fully electrified drive technologies such as hybrid modules and electric axles. “The Kysuce region is ideal for Schaeffler. It means we benefit from world-class universities and research institutions with relevant technological expertise and have access to Slovakia’s best and brightest development specialists,” said Milan Jurky, the managing director in charge of Schaeffler’s campus in Kysuce.
The new development center in Kysuce is part of a powerful global network comprising around 8,000 employees at 20 research and development locations worldwide. “At more than half of our development locations, we are working on future-ready electrified powertrain and mobility solutions and innovative chassis solutions for our customers worldwide,” said Dr. Jochen Schröder, Schaeffler’s head of E-Mobility.