Volvo Construction Equipment officially opened its new test and development center in Hapcheon, Korea, on May 13, 2014. The new facility — which doubles Volvo CE’s excavator testing capacity in Korea — includes an all-weather test dome, reliability and noise test field, workshops, various complete machine performance test areas and a customer clinic. Engineers at the 253,515-square-meter site will focus on excavator product development, advanced engineering and product maintenance.
“Over the last few years we have increased the number of excavator projects and it became apparent that we needed to expand our facilities to accommodate our testing requirements,” said Anders P. Larsson, executive vice president of Volvo CE’s Technology function. “This important investment of approximately SEK 90 million allows us to expand our excavator R&D capability here in Korea, test more machines locally, improve our product development process and reduce lead times.”
The new test and development center in the Gyeongsang province of Korea is 92 kilometers (57 miles) from Volvo CE’s existing R&D facility in Changwon.
The new center is Volvo CE’s 12th Technology site. In March 2014 the company officially opened the Jinan Technology Center in Shangdong province, China.