BERU Opens Extended R&D Centre
Beru, manufacturers of the Tire Safety System (TSS) tyre pressure monitoring equipment, have officially opened their extended research and development centre in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The extension, made necessary by the growing demand for the company’s sensor and ignition technology, sees the centre increase in floorspace by approximately 1,000 square metres.
The May 9 opening was presided over by Beru managing director for research & development and sales of original equipment, Dr. Rainer Podeswa. Speaking to industry, political and business representatives attending the ceremony, Dr. Podeswa said: “The extension is a visible sign of a long-term corporate policy and permanent investment in the future.”
One of the key features of the new centre is a test bench located within a two-storey cold chamber used for testing products, including the TSS. The cold chamber can generate temperatures ranging from – 40° C to + 30° C. According to Dr. Podeswa, with the extension completed Beru are now “able to test and validate products and systems in vehicles under driving conditions,” adding: “As a result, we can reduce development times. Our products come on the market even more quickly.”
The third generation Beru TSS system was released in 2005, and was developed in close co-operation with the manufacturers in the VDA working group — Audi, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Porsche and Volkswagen.