Autoliv is a worldwide leader in automotive safety systems that recently broke ground on their North American Electronics Technical Center. This new 180,000 square-foot facility in Southfield is projected to be finished in the first half of 2019. This will add to the 22 technical centers Autoliv already has in ten countries around the world.
The goal of this new facility is to enable Autoliv to continue to expand their electronics department that works on critical safety electronics technologies. It will provide office space, advanced laboratories, and a development garage, as well as support to management functions in sales and engineering.
New Center, New Opportunity
Autoliv currently employs 600 workers in their electronics department, located in multiple buildings across Southfield. Not only will consolidating locations help the company align their knowledge and talent, but with this new center in development, the company plans to hire 250 more employees over the next five years and house up to 900 employees in a single location. This center has the potential to significantly increase the concentration of engineering and electronics technology entrepreneurs in Southfield.
The design of this new space encourages collaboration and knowledge sharing by integrating group workspaces. The center will include a 1,700 square-foot gymnasium and an environmentally friendly kitchen.
The innovative new tech center has exciting implications for Autoliv, the City of Southfield, and the future of automotive technology.
Innovating in Southfield
Vice President of Autoliv North American Electronics Engineering, Canic Boran, said “We have grown significantly since opening our Southfield office in 2002, and it has long been our
hope to expand in this area. We greatly appreciate the tremendous support that we have received
from the MEDC and the City of Southfield to make this project possible at this time, and look forward to further growth together.” He adds, “Autoliv’s mission is to be the leading supplier of safety systems for the future car. We are excited by the opportunity our new high tech facility will provide our people to collaboratively innovate and develop our electronics systems, and ultimately contribute to saving more lives.”