Manu Saale is the first Indian to head Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India

At a press briefing at Mercedes-Benz Research and Development Centre India (MBRDI), Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, introduced Manu Saale as new Managing Director and CEO of MBRDI. Manu succeeds Dr Jens Cattarius, who takes over new responsibilities within Mercedes-Benz R&D in Stuttgart in Germany, according to a company statement.


From (L-R): Dr Jens Cattarius hands over to Manu Saale, designated MD and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India.
Prof Weber expressed his sincere thanks to Dr Cattarius for his commitment and achievements within the last three years, where MBRDI anchored itself within Daimler’s global R&D network and steadily grew to become the largest facility outside Germany. Manu joined Daimler in 2011 and worked at MBRDI as Head of department for Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Since July 2013, he has received extensive insights and training within various R&D departments in Stuttgart to get prepared for his new assignment.
Prof Weber pointed out: “With Manu being multilingual and Indian-born, we appointed an international expert and global player at the head of MBRDI. We are confident that the transferring of important specific know-how and expertise within Daimler R&D will further solidify MBRDI’s position as a strong player of Daimler’s global R&D network. We are committed to India and underline our confidence to this important growth market for Daimler. I am wishing both Dr Cattarius and Manu all the best for their new assignments and thank both for their strong contributions and commitment to our company”.
Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India
MBRDI was established in Bangalore in 1996 and currently employes around 1,400 people. MBRDI is the largest Daimler Research and Development Center of Daimler outside Germany and at the same time the largest, most modern R&D center owned by a German automotive manufacturer in India. It contributes in the areas of Computer Simulation (CAE), Design (CAD), Electric/Electronics and IT-Services.
The R&D engineers at MBRDI assess the performance and reliability of various sub-systems and contribute to product development at all the stages of the life-cycle. MBRDI is one of the four operations of Daimler in India, besides Mercedes-Benz India Ltd. (MBIL) in Pune, responsible for production and sales and marketing of passenger cars, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, which operates under the brand Bharat Benz in Chennai, covering all activities for commercial vehicles and Daimler Financial Services, which operates under the brand Mercedes-Benz Financial Services for passenger cars and Bharat Benz Financial Services for commercial vehicles. Last December, Daimler announced the opening of its ‘SAP Shared Service Centre’ in Bangalore and the creation of 800 new IT-jobs by 2015, in addition to the already existing 400 IT-specialists.


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