Mercedes-Benz opens new R&D centre in Shanghai

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SHANGHAI, March 18 (Reuters) - Germany's Mercedes-Benz Group AG (MBGn.DE) said on Friday it has opened a research and development (R&D) centre in Shanghai that will focus on mobility technology.

The centre, 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 centre, nor how many engineers it plans to eventually hire for the new location.

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

The establishment of a new Shanghai tech centre 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 centre said at the time.

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Reporting by Norihiko Shirouzu in Beijing and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Kenneth Maxwell

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