TÜV Rheinland has announced the launch of a new laboratory center in Taicang, China called the Yangtze River Delta Operation Hub. The testing, inspection, and certification services provider will invest €22 million ($23.9 million) to fulfil its plans to expand the size and scope of the center over time.

The provider confirmed that it has already invested around €11 million ($11.9 million) to support the first construction phase, with a second phase representing another 11-million-euro investment at a later stage. The center is located in Taicang (a county-level city in the Jiangsu Province) and is being constructed with the support of regional authorities.

In its first phase, TÜV Rheinland’s center will offer a variety of testing services across a set of facilities covering an area exceeding 12,000 square meters. This area is comprised of a 4,000-square-meter laboratory that will specifically conduct electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing on the automotive electronics and parts used in the development of autonomous and electric vehicles. Accompanying it is a 5,000-square-meter testing laboratory for photovoltaic modules and a 2,000-square meter laboratory designed for broader EMC testing.

In expanding the Taicang lab further, TÜV Rheinland aims to increase the size of the center to 37,000 square meters by the end of 2023. As it expands, the company will work to closely integrate the site into its global laboratory network.