Plymouth — Automotive supplier Robert Bosch LLC on Wednesday celebrated the grand opening of an expanded technical center where it will work on driver-assist systems and autonomous car technology.
The German-based supplier spent two years and $36 million on the 220,500-square-foot expansion, which doubles the size of its Plymouth campus. Before construction, Bosch employed about 850 workers here, it now has more than 1,200.
“Innovation is key to Bosch’s future, and this technical center is one place where innovation happens at Bosch,” President Mike Mansuetti told employees and state dignitaries gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The building contains state-of-the-art labs and office space for teams that work on driver assist systems, autonomive electronics, electrical drives and other vehicle components. It features an environmentally-friendly solar arrays that help power the 75-acre building’s fans and lights.
Bosch last year posted record North American sales of $14 billion, thanks in part to an expanded focus on mobility and self-driving vehicle systems. Earlier this year, it showcased some of those technologies, which includes an autonomous parking feature that will go into production by the end of the decade.
Gov. Rick Snyder told Bosch employees that their work is key to Michigan maintaining its leadership position in testing and deploying autonomous cars.
“I think we’re being more forward-looking than we’ve traditionally been,” Snyder said. “We used to take the automotive industry too much for granted. It’s doing really well now, but as a state we’re looking 20 and 30 and 50 years out.”