Denso Corp.’s European subsidiary has expanded its Aachen Engineering Center in Wegberg, Germany, adding 4,440 sq. meters to the building and doubling the number of test benches, as well as opening an all-new electronics laboratory.

Opened in 2005, the Aachen facility was Denso’s first engineering center for diesel engine components outside of Japan, developing fuel injectors, diesel supply pumps and common rails.

The $23.4-million expansion will allow the center to provide design, development, engineering and testing support for Denso’s powertain, electronics and electrical systems products. When completed next year, the expanded facility will employ approximately 100.

“The Aachen Engineering Center will play a pivotal role in developing European solutions for powertrain needs, including gasoline, diesel common-rail, electrical and hybrid technologies, powertrain thermal management and engine management systems,” according to Hiromi Tokuda, exec. VP for Denso’s global research and development affairs.