Visteon, a supplier of digital automotive dashboard electronics, has opened a newly constructed engineering center in Querétaro, Mexico.
Visteon says its Querétaro Technical Center (VTCQ) is home to highly skilled software, hardware and mechanical engineers responsible for developing advanced cockpit electronics products for North America-based vehicle manufacturers.
These products include digital instrument clusters, infotainment and information displays – and new technologies for connected and autonomous driving.
Reflecting a multimillion dollar investment, the new engineering center complements the Visteon’s global headquarters and technical center in Van Buren Township, Michigan.
The 6,000-square meter world-class engineering center includes two floors of collaborative workspace, four stories of underground parking and amenities such as a gym, outdoor terrace and on-site cafeteria.
The facility is expected to reach full capacity of nearly 600 employees within a year.
Visteon’s highly skilled employees support growth with the company’s North America customers, such as Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors, Nissan and Honda.
Matt Cole, senior vice president, product development, says: “Visteon’s comprehensive platforms leverage proven, scalable hardware and software solutions for cost efficiency, which has led to growth with our North America customers.
“To support that growth, our engineers in Querétaro will develop and support cutting-edge technology that will redefine the user experience and active safety.”
Plans for further expansion
Visteon plans to create a complete technology campus and further expand its presence in Querétaro.
The company has acquired office space minutes away from VTCQ, which will be transformed into a unique laboratory building.
The lab will support vibration, environmental and EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) testing, and it will be a fully capable DV/PV certification testing laboratory with up to 20 testing chambers.
The 2,175 square meter lab will house 35 engineers and technicians, and include a 460-square meter mezzanine for up to another 70 engineers.
Construction of the new lab is expected to be complete in the first half of 2020.
Visteon selected the city of Querétaro due to its technology ecosystem and high-caliber software and validation talent pool.
VTCQ is located minutes from UNITEC Technological University of Mexico, and Visteon is well-positioned to tap into technical talent from the university and surrounding areas.