General Motors reorganizes R&D, cuts jobs at Detroit and India centers

Article by Christian A., on May 7, 2012

General Motors is restructuring its R&D operations and cutting back on some jobs in the process. According to an insider requesting anonymity, the automaker intends to eliminate around 100 R&D positions at the Warren Technical Center in suburban Detroit and 90 more in India. The automaker declined to disclose the precise number of R&D staff that it has.

However, it stated that most of the R&D workers are in Warren. With the 100 layoffs in Warren, the number of R&D employees there will be reduced to around 300, the insider disclosed. The automaker's R&D division focuses on advanced technologies like fuel cell development. It occupies only a fraction of the expansive Warren center, which has around 16,000 employees in engineering and design, among other areas.

GM confirmed the restructuring in a statement, but not the number of jobs to cut. The R&D reorganization is led by versatile GM engineer Jon Lauckner, who took over the operation in April. Lauckner succeeded Tom Stephens, who retired as the chief technology officer of GM. The automaker decided not to replace former vice president of R&D Alan Taub, who served under Stephens and retired in April. Lauckner has assumed the duties of Taub.

GM stated that its smaller R&D workforce will center on technologies that have a good chance of being utilized on future vehicles and light trucks, instead of simply patenting innovations which will not be used.

These actions will allow the organization to concentrate more on "commercializing customer-focused innovation" in a more cost-effective and efficient way, the automaker said. 

In 2011, GM invested $8.1 billion on R&D. However, the figure includes global engineering expenses as well as the automaker's entire product-development budget, according to a company spokesperson. The core R&D operation of GM represents only a minor portion of the $8.1 billion figure, he disclosed.

Topics: gm, india

If you liked the article, share on:

Pin It

Comments

Recommended

To the proud owners and owner-to-be of the Porsche 991 Carrera GTS, there's good news for you all. German automobile manufacturer Porsche recently confirmed to the public that the Porsche...
by - March 23, 2017
McLaren diehards, this is the moment that you're all waiting for. The British automaker recently publicized the teaser outline of its new automobile that will hit the streets soon, dubbed...
by - March 23, 2017
PSA seems very confident about conquering the world. The purchase of Opel/Vauxhall for €2.2 billion ($2.3B) from General Motors makes PSA the second largest car company, just behind the Volkswagen...
by - March 23, 2017
Reporting for duty. It’s been a year since the Victoria Police was loaned a new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe. In those 12 months, the coupe served as the law...
by - March 23, 2017
After making its debut at the Paris Motor Show last year as a concept car, the Trezor by Renault managed to bring home the 2016 Concept Car Design Of The...
by - March 23, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries