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Changan UK Creates an Advanced Test Facility

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Architects impression

Changan UK R&D Centre (CAUK) is a world class automotive powertrain research centre.  Established in 2010, our engineering works and output have rapidly developed to be crucial in supporting Changan’s global ambition to become a world leading automotive enterprise.  Part of CAUK’s vision is to create a world class test facility to aid our growth strategy both in the UK and globally.  

CAUK initiated a program in 2015 to acquire a permanent base in the UK. Part of that program has been to realise the long-held vision of the CAUK’s board to create an advanced test facility. The purpose-built facility will enable us to not just further optimise state of the art powertrains, but also develop intelligent and advanced systems for future mobility. After intensive study and planning, CAUK decided to build the test facility on its campus within Parkside, Birmingham business Park.

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The facility sits within Parkside, Birmingham Business Park. It replaces a disused office building, and is conveniently located next to other CAUK office buildings on the same campus.

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Assembling the steel structure commenced in early 2017 

Funded in part by Changan Automotive Group and with further provisional funding by way of a grant from Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, the construction work started from November 2016, with a schedule to complete within 12 months. A program of test equipment installation and commission is scheduled to run 6 months following, with the test centre scheduled to be operational during 2018. The first phase of jobs due to be embedded in the facility will aid the development of Changan’s next generation engine platform and hybrid transmissions.

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Test facility emerged from CAUK’s campus in April 2017 

Aiming to get the test facility fully functional by the summer of 2018, CAUK will focus recruitment on further strengthening our team and make full use of the facility’s capabilities to carry out advanced technology research and development with a wider and deeper scope. 




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