Automotive components manufacturer JTekt Europe and Assystem Technologies, an engineering, quality and digital solutions provider, have strengthened their strategic partnership by establishing an R&D services center in France near Lyon where they will focus on development of technologies for autonomous vehicles.
Operations at the facility began in the first quarter of 2018 and will continue under a multi-year agreement. Experts at the facility are focused on product innovation, mechanical design, software engineering and electronics and project management.
Rémi Festaz, VP for France at Assystem Technologies, commented, “The creation of this shared R&D services center is the fruit of 15 years of trusted collaboration. Our level of commitment and new responsibilities will enable us to better meet the challenges facing JTekt in integrating state-of-the-art technology to develop increasingly autonomous vehicles, for example.”
Richard Chauvel-Sanz, director of the technical center for JTekt Europe, added, “The services center established with our long-term partner Assystem Technologies is an extension of our current R&D. This integrated model has redefined our ways of working and has helped us to improve our responsiveness and performance, which ultimately means better value for customers.”