Auto parts supplier moving forward with tech center in Novi

A suburban Detroit vehicle tester and supplier of auto parts such as sensors, crash-test software and other products and services to car companies worldwide announced on Memorial Day that it is on schedule to open a North American Technical Center in September.

Kistler, which has employees in Oakland County, Mich., but whose world headquarters is in Switzerland, makes precision sensors, systems and instrumentation for engine, chassis and vehicle development and vehicle component manufacturing systems.

The first segment of Kistler's 20,000-square-foot tech center in Novi northwest of Detroit is almost done, officials said. Twenty-two people will work in Novi, with projections for another 20 new jobs, a Novi city official said Thursday after reviewing the company's expansion plans.

Kistler broke ground on the tech center last November. Construction commenced in March, after a long winter in the Detroit area

The Detroit Three and other Detroit-based customers will be the first to reap the benefits of fully dedicated on-site technical product sales, service and applications engineering expertise, as well as A2LA-accredited calibration services, for their automotive testing, crash test, vehicle dynamics and test laboratory requirements, said Nick Wilks, Kistler North America managing director.

The tech center in Oakland County, Mich., will support the KT North America portfolio of data-acquisition systems and software for crash tests as well as Corrsys-Datron vehicle-dynamics testing technologies, Wilks said.

“We are pleased to report continued progress in the development of the new Kistler North American Technical Center, which will allow us to offer customer support for comprehensive turnkey solutions," Wilks said “The team looks forward to the enhanced ability to serve our customers and to set a new industry standard for excellence in vehicle-testing technology."

Kistler North America has global headquarters in Winterthur, Switzerland, and has done business from North America since 1955.

The Kistler group company is a supplier of precision sensors, systems and instrumentation for the dynamic measurement of pressure, force, torque and acceleration, as well as related electronics and software serving the auto, aerospace, industrial, metal processing, plastic-injection molding, R&D and testing and evaluation communities, according to company literature.

You can reach TorqueNews.com's Hawke Fracassa at [email protected]

Image source: Kistler North America


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