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Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India (MBRDI) inaugurates second dedicated facility in Whitefield, Bangalore

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Bangalore (Dec. 2014): Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India (MBRDI)inaugurates thesecond dedicated facility at Whitefield, Bangalore. Spread across an area of 266,000 sqftwith capacity of over 2,400 people, it is located close to Whitefield Palms, the head office of MBRDI.

Thomas Merker, Vice President Body, Safety, Telematics Mercedes-Benz Cars Development and acting Chairman MBRDIsaid:"MBRDI plays an important role within our global research and development organization and this new facility is another milestone in the growth story of Mercedes-Benz R&D in India. With currently over 2,000 talented engineers and close to 200 patents filed for innovation in automotive development - MBRDI is a success story.”  He added: "India is a high potential market for our company and MBRDI will continue to ensure that development initiatives are in accordance to customer needs."

Dr. Michael Gorriz, CIO Daimlercommented:“Bangalore is known as the ‘Silicon-Valley’ of India and to have a strong IT footprint and to take advantage of the strong talent pool here is an important agenda for us. MBRDIprovides us with highly qualified IT engineers and an already existing infrastructure. This is in line with our global IT-strategytofurtherexpandour IT-department into a worldwide organization with strong international teams, which represent a striking variety of skills, know-how and foreign cultures. We are excited about the new facility which translates into growth for our existing IT-domains, such as a ‘Shared Service Center’ for SAP applications, as well as developments for mobility services, computer simulations and augmented reality.”

Manu Saale, MD & CEO MBRDI,stated: "MBRDI has an 18 year old history in India and our mission is to bea Center of Excellence within Daimler for Engineering & IT.  Our growth strategy focuses onharnessing local capabilities and Bangalore with its large talent pool is the right location for MBRDI. With the new facility we will be able to be accommodate the robust growth phase that we are now in. We are already over 2,000 people strong. The new facilityoffers best in class infrastructure and its proximity to Whitefield Palms, the head office of MBRDI, ensures that there is excellent functional collaboration and therefore shorter development cycles.  We are excited about our growth and what we offer here at MBRDI.”