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Managing Technology-Based Projects: Tools, Techniques, People and Business Processes by Hans J. Thamhain

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Chapter 5

Understanding Project Organizations

GENERAL MOTORS, SHANGHAI

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The second phase of the General Motors China Advanced Technical Center (ATC) remains on track to open at the end of 2012. Adjacent to the GM China International Operations and GM China Headquarters in Shanghai, this is the most-comprehensive advanced automotive technology development center in China. “The completion of the Advanced Technical Center is an important milestone for GM in China,” says Bob Socia, GM China president and chief country operations officer-China, India and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). “It gives us the most comprehensive automotive technical center in our largest market. It will serve not just China but also GM's operations around the world.” The center will focus on advanced design, vehicle engineering, advanced powertrain development, urban mobility and manufacturing processes. The first phase of the ATC, which opened in September of 2011, is responsible for research and development of battery cells and lightweight materials, including new battery testing. The lab has been carrying out testing of different submissions from selected Chinese battery suppliers. “The establishment of the ATC is proof of GM's commitment to advanced technology leadership,” said GM China Group President and Managing Director, Kevin Wale. “Our local team is cooperating with GM teams around the ...

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