LIVONIA, Mich.—A wild, fun future is on the horizon for the automotive industry, and Cooper Standard Automotive Inc. is prepared to meet it head on.
The firm recently opened a new 137,750-sq.-ft. global technology center in Livonia, offering capabilities in material science, tooling, development, production and validation. The site will serve as the company's global hub for innovation and is one of three regional technical centers—with similar facilities in Shanghai and Lindau, Germany.
The Livonia center will employ up to 94 people at full capacity, consolidating the assets and capabilities from its Farmington Hills, Mich., technical center and Bowling Green, Ohio, test lab.
"We were committed to putting in place a world class technology center in North America," Chief Operating Officer Keith Stephenson said. "We wanted to go all the way from material science, creating new materials, through prototyping, tooling and into production-ready. We can go from material science to a finished product that we think is production quality. We think that is a great opportunity. That material science is going to touch on all of our product lines, and we want this facility to be one of three like this in the world for Cooper Standard."
Investing in innovation
Cooper Standard has been investing in innovation for some time now, and the Livonia center is just the latest piece as it gets ready to develop parts that will help shape the automotive industry's future.
The center leads Cooper Standard's global material research endeavors, from basic chemistry through end products, and supports all of the firm's product lines, which are divided into four segments—sealing, fuel and brake delivery, fluid transfer, and anti-vibration systems.