GM China Science Lab Key to Future Global Developments
General Motors China Science Lab, one of four GM R&D centers around the globe, is expected to play a considerable role in the automaker’s development over the next five years—a period that GM believes will see more advances than even the previous half-century combined.
“Large-scale innovation has become an engine for China’s economic development,” said GM Executive Vice President and GM China President Matt Tsien. “With sustained R&D investment in China and an improved innovation system, GM is confident in contributing to the next stage of development of the automotive industry in China and around the world.”
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General Motors is in the midst of launching a number of new alternative energy vehicles in China, up to and including the recent launch of the Buick Velite 5. In the next five years, it is anticipated that GM will proliferate connectivity and automation, as outlined in its Connectivity Strategy 2025.
The GM China Science Lab, which focuses on research and development with regards to everything from battery cells and connected vehicles to the development of advanced propulsion systems, is expected to be an integral part of those developments and other developments that will affect GM’s global business.
“The GM China Science Lab is also paying close attention to the R&D achievements of domestic and overseas research institutions and start-up companies, with the goal of exploring the possibility of utilizing them,” said John Du, director of the GM China Science Lab. “The achievements will initially leverage GM’s global resources and be applied in GM products, before being applied on a broader industry scale.”
GM China Science Lab is broken down into two groups: the Manufacturing Process Research Group and Advanced Material Research Group. The former is responsible for, among other things, the development of both the zero-gap laser welding and remote laser welding methods; the latter is responsible for the development of third-generation high-strength steel and high-performance casting aluminum alloy, both of which are utilized in the Cadillac CT6.
Since its establishment in 2009, GM China Science Lab have applied for more than 200 patents.