Michigan-based automotive lighting specialist Varroc Lighting Systems opens an R&D office in Krakow.
The R&D office in Krakow, meanwhile, is the company’s second large investment in Poland in recent months, following the announcement of a manufacturing plant in Niemce due to open in the third quarter.
The 1,325-sq.-m office can accommodate more than 100 workplaces and will be responsible for developing all types of automotive lighting technologies, from standard halogen lamps to the most advanced matrix and laser lamps. An engineering center will focus on optics and electronics.
Along with the opening of the new office, Varroc plans to establish cooperation and partnerships with AGH University of Science and Technology and Krakow University of Technology.
“This location will allow us to further develop leading-edge products for our customers,” says Todd Morgan, senior vice president-product development. “Lighting is rapidly evolving into a complex electronic component on the vehicle. Mechanical and optical engineering will continue to play an important role in our development. However, we are aggressively looking to expand our capability in electronic hardware and software design.
“Our strategy is to integrate ADAS sensors into our products, and this will only accelerate this trend to support the needs of tomorrow’s autonomous and electric vehicles.”