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Mando Hires German Brake System Expert to Strengthen R&D in Europe
Josef Knechtges
Mando Hires German Brake System Expert to Strengthen R&D in Europe
  • By Jung Min-hee
  • June 25, 2015, 04:00
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Josef Knechtges, executive director at Mando Corporation, poses in front of calligraphy written by Halla Group's Honorary Chairman Jung In-young at the Mando R&D Center Gallery on June 23.
Josef Knechtges, executive director at Mando Corporation, poses in front of calligraphy written by Halla Group's Honorary Chairman Jung In-young at the Mando R&D Center Gallery on June 23.

 

The Mando Corporation has employed foreign professionals in the auto parts sector to strengthen its R&D ability.

The company announced on June 24 that it has recently scouted Josef Knechtges, former director of brake system development at German auto parts supplier ZF-TRW, as its head of research and development at Mando Corporation Europe GmbH.

Josef Knechtges is an expert in the brake system sector and has been in charge of research and development in the automotive braking system at TRW for the past 20 years. Joining the Mando Corporation Europe GmbH, he said, “Based on experiences developing the automatic brake system at TRW, I will raise Mando’s brake system technology to world-class levels and lead the global market.”

The Mando Corporation is currently spending 5 percent of its revenue on research and development. The company is striving to develop the next-generation automatic brake system in Frankfurt, Germany, and next-generation technologies including the electronic power steering system in Detroit, U.S.

At the moment, Mando hires natives at the rate of more than 90 percent at its six research centers. Among its 1,800 staff at its research and development department at home and abroad, about 700 workers are working overseas and 600 of them are local employs.