Harman International has opened a new group office and research and development center in Shanghai, China.
The move strengthens Harman’s presence in the region, complementing the company’s manufacturing facilities in Suzhou and Shenzhen. Located at 288 West Nanjing Road in the Huang Pu commercial district, Harman’s new office establishes a mainland Asia business base from which to lead investment and employment growth in the region.
Concurrent with the office opening, Harman celebrated the global launch of its latest-generation, scalable automotive infotainment system. Designed in Asia, Europe and the US and slated for manufacturing at the company’s facility in Suzhou, the modular, software-based system extends the company’s audio and infotainment expertise to a broad cross section of domestic and global automakers.
“This new system fulfills a commitment to modularize our infotainment expertise in order to seize greater market opportunities,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Chairman, President and CEO of Harman International. “Our leadership in the luxury car segment is clear, and we will continue to serve these loyal customers with premium audio and infotainment. Our new system extends this capability to additional automotive customers at a price point determined by the advanced features they select.”
Capping an intensive one-year design effort, the new scalable software and electronics platform marries automotive audio, navigation and wireless technologies with a new generation of connectivity options. Automakers can now cost-effectively offer media-rich information and entertainment systems by selecting from any number of feature modules that have been pre-integrated and tested on the Harman platform.
Using the company’s reliable QNX operating system software as its foundation, the system offers seamless recognition and playback of movies, music and other multimedia regardless of format; wireless connectivity to services such as Internet radio and social networking sites; and the latest in brilliant graphics and friendly user-interface.
Source: Harman International.