At its new R&D location in Timisoara, Porsche Engineering plans to focus primarily on software development. The emphasis will be on current technical trends such as highly automated driving functions, machine learning and virtual energy management. At the start, Porsche Engineering plans to hire 50 employees; in the medium term, the number of employees here is expected to grow to 200. In total, the development service provider, a 100% subsidiary of car manufacturer Porsche, will employ more than 450 people in Romania. The company's long-established site in Cluj-Napoca is dedicated to various functional and software developments related to cars.
"At Porsche Engineering in Romania, we combine the latest technologies from software and function development with automotive know-how to make cars smarter, more user-friendly and more efficient," says Marius Mihailovici, managing director of Porsche Engineering in Romania. "We develop new functions and features, use the latest technologies and implement our ideas holistically - from concept to market. This is quite unusual for automotive companies operating in Romania." Proximity to relevant universities also plays a role in its innovation strategy. “We plan to establish contacts with the Polytechnic University and the Western University in Timișoara to initiate joint projects," says Mihailovici.
According to media reports, the Lower Bavarian supplier Dräxelmaier has also decided to expand in the country on the Danube. The company plans to invest 200 million euros in the construction of a manufacturing plant for traction battery systems over the next six years. As with Porsche Engineering, the city of Timisoara was chosen. The campus will reportedly cover 40,000 square metres and employ around 1,000 workers. It is not known for which customers the battery systems are intended. However, Dräxlmaier is already building 800-volt battery systems for the Porsche Taycan at a branch in Germany.