New technology competence centre opens

Paul Boughton

Zuken, a key player in electrical and electronic design automation software, has announced plans to extend its global competencies in transportation and to provide electronic architecture and wiring harness tools to meet the future challenges of OEMs and their suppliers.

This expansion will be underpinned by a new technology competence centre for transportation in Erlangen, a well-known research and electronics hotspot in Germany. Located within the fertile technology environment of the IGZ Innovation and Incubation Centre, it comprises an established team, several members of which have more than 12 years’ experience in automotive electrical/electronic engineering.

Reinhold Blank has been appointed business director Automotive. He is a member of the centre’s management team drawn from Japan, Germany and the USA. Blank is responsible for spearheading the development of dedicated solutions for automotive, special vehicles and the wider transportation market. This will be enabled by an exchange of expertise between Zuken’s technical experts in established automotive and transportation bases across Asia, Europe and the USA.

Gerhard Lipski, Zuken Europe general manager, said: “Zuken has a long pedigree within the transportation sector and our electrical and electronic tools are used to design today’s market-leading traditionally-fuelled automobiles, as well as for electric, hybrid, racing and commercial vehicles. We work with many leading global OEMs, as well as their tier 1 and engineering providers. Reinhold Blank has the expertise to further grow our position in the marketplace in collaboration with our global colleagues.”

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