Research & development centers | Stuttgart
Stuttgart, Bad Cannstatt/Germany
Year current location was built: 1952
R&D employees: 940
Tech Center surface area: 13,701 sqm
Over ninety years old, the Tech Center in Bad Cannstatt/Stuttgart is one of the oldest and largest R&D centers in the world. As the historical founding location and current headquarters of the MAHLE Group, this location is the core of the Company. Located in southern Germany, this Tech Center benefits from its direct proximity to the headquarters and production locations of many engine and automobile manufacturers. The colleges and think tanks in the area also offer enormous potential for both cooperative R&D work and the acquisition of employees in technical specialties.
Global corporate planning is very strongly influenced by Bad Cannstatt. In a global network with the other nine Tech Centers, about 1,000 mechanical and electrical engineers, chemists, physicists, and many other technicians and engineers in this center are working on a wide range of R&D projects. The scope of research and development includes all subdivisions of engine systems and components, filtration, engine peripherals, and industrial fields, comprising piston systems, cylinder components, valve train systems, air, fuel, and oil management as well as industrial filtration, industrial engine components, and thermal management.
Established: 1905, since 2013 within the MAHLE Group
Year current location was built: 1941
R&D employees: 1,035
Tech Center surface area: 18,000 sqm
In 1905, Julius Friedrich Behr joined the repair shop that Gustav Zoller had founded to build radiators, laying the cornerstone for the Behr company and for the current MAHLE Tech Center in Stuttgart-Feuerbach.
Back in 1937, the world’s first climatic wind tunnel for passenger cars was built at the Tech Center in Feuerbach/Stuttgart. For the first time, it was then possible to test engine cooling without elaborate test drives. Historical vehicles, such as the legendary Mercedes Silver Arrows, were tested and equipped with radiators from this location, and oil coolers for the initial VW Beetle prototypes were created here in a joint development effort with the Porsche development office.
Today, this Tech Center has become the center par excellence for (engine) cooling and air conditioning, with one of the most modern climatic wind tunnels, the engine cooling tunnel, and many other test facilities.