Construction equipment manufacturer Liugong has opened a new global research & development centre in its home city of Liuzhou, China

The company said the investment was a major milestone and would expand its R&D capability. The facility covers 110,000 m² and includes a 22,000 m2 office complex, a testing centre, prototyping facilities, and seven laboratories, as well as extensive outdoor testing facilities. It can seat 1,200 engineers. Development of the project began in 2013 and the total investment to date has been CNY 270 million (US$ 43.4 million).

Liugong said the new R&D centre will initially focus on major research, development and testing for its earthmoving equipment ranges. One of the first projects will be the completion of research and development, as well as testing the latest models of H Series wheel loaders.

Liugong also has R&D facilities in India, Poland, the UK and US.

Liugong Group chairman Zeng Guang’an said, ‘‘R&D is the nucleus of the future and the ability to be innovative is an uppermost priority for the future. At Liugong, R&D has always been major focus. The new centre is a significant commitment to future technology, with many more scientific and technological advances being made. We are confident it will provide all tools we need to become the game-changing company in the construction equipment industry.”

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