Our R&D presence
Innovation forms the backbone of Faurecia’s activities from the birth of an idea to the final validation of the concept. The role of our R&D organization is to anticipate the needs of the global automotive market and drive progress. It relies on an extensive network of R&D centers, an Expert community and numerous academic and industrial partnerships.
AN INTERNATIONAL R&D NETWORK
Faurecia relies on a network of 30 R&D centers employing 6,000 engineers and technicians in 11 countries.
||In order to be more in touch with the needs of the various automotive markets, particularly in growth regions, Faurecia has R&D facilities worldwide. Key markets in North America, South America, China and Europe have the personnel and infrastructure required for a full range of R&D capabilities.
To accompany the changes sweeping through the automotive sector and support our customers as they develop internationally, Faurecia is constantly expanding its research and development organization by boosting capacity at its R&D centers and opening new facilities.
- Faurecia Automotive Seating has a new electronics laboratory dedicated to electronic seat components at Brières-les-Scellés (France),
- Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies has a new TechCenter in Limeira (Brazil)
- Faurecia Interior Systems and Faurecia Automotive Seating share a new TechCenter in Pune (India).
These developments confirm Faurecia’s commitment to innovation. In 2012 the Group registered 505 patents relating to new products, innovative materials and new manufacturing techniques.
For the past 7 years, Faurecia’s excellence in technological innovation has been driven by a global network of Experts, a cross-organizational team of 300 people with recognized expertise in 67 key areas. Together they cover the entire technological value chain from design to production.
In 2012, the Faurecia Experts network was reorganized to make it better able to anticipate the changes in technology and the market. Capabilities have been broadened to include new areas of expertise such as acoustics and composite materials. To accompany its growth, Faurecia plans to expand the network by taking on a further 200 Experts between now and 2016.
To extend and enhance its expertise, Faurecia cooperates with industry and academia through a number of research and development partnerships.
- Partnerships with academic research:
- with Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France) and Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (Germany), to develop new manufacturing techniques for composite components;
- with Supélec and ESIGELEC engineering schools (France), in the field of mechatronics;
- with Ecole Centrale de Paris (France) and Technical University of Munich (Germany) for assembly line and logistics technologies;
- with Technical University of Dortmund (Germany) on metals and metals processing.