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Mercedes-Benz opens R&D center in Shanghai

German automaker intends 'to attract hundreds of new tech talents'

Engineers at Mercedes-Benz's second China R&D facility will work on connectivity, automated driving and big data.

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- Germany's Mercedes-Benz Group AG MBGn.DE said on Friday it has opened a research and development (R&D) center in Shanghai that will focus on mobility technology.

The center, its second R&D facility in China, will work in tech fields such as connectivity, automated driving and big data, the company said in a statement.

Mercedes-Benz did not elaborate on the size of its investment in the new tech center, nor how many engineers it plans to eventually hire for the new location.

It said in the statement it is "aiming to attract hundreds of new tech talents."

The establishment of a new Shanghai tech center follows a move last year by the German premium carmaker to significantly upgrade its R&D capabilities in Beijing by opening a new R&D facility in China's capital.

With 1,000 engineers, the new Beijing tech facility is more than three times the size of the one Mercedes-Benz opened in 2014, and the first outside Germany that is more "on par" technically with the firm's far bigger R&D headquarters near Stuttgart, a person close to the center said at the time.

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