Daimler's r&d facility in Bangalore employs 1,200 people (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler officially opened a new r&d center in Bangalore, strengthening its activities in the growing Indian market.

The German premium car maker said the facility, which employs 1,200 people, is the biggest of its kind in India. Bangalore also has a special focus on IT.

"Our new centre of competence in Bangalore gives us direct access to a highly qualified workforce and excellent networking with the locally based international and national supply industry," said Thomas Weber, Daimler’s head of r&d.

Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India (MBRDI) started off with just 10 employees in 1996 and has grown to become an important research center for design, simulation, vehicle electronics and IT for all Daimler divisions.

Bangalore is closely integrated into Daimler’s global r&d operations, but Wilfried Porth, head of the group’s human resources, stressed the IT skills that characterize the center. “Bangalore is a crucial part of our global IT landscape, both in engineering and non-engineering,” Porth said. “We will use this IT know-how of the Indian ”˜Silicon Valley’ for the whole Daimler Group.”

In 2012, Daimler invested €5.6 billion in research and development, with further investments of a combined €10.8 billion planned for 2013 and 2014.