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Nissan has officially opened the Nissan Motor Asia Pacific (NMAP) R&D Test Centre in Samut Prakan, Thailand. NMAP’s new facility will primarily service the five ASEAN countries of Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand; but will also provide testing for more than 90 countries around the world.

Nissan says that the new test centre will be the main R&D hub for ASEAN to better address customer needs in the region and to align more quickly to market requirements. The scope will be enlarged from the current quality assurance for product launches to the upstream product development phase of evaluation tests for trial prototypes.

“This work will be transferred from Japan to Thailand in order to ensure our products are aligned with market needs. And our vision is to further expand responsibility into the upstream phase of vehicle planning through taking a role in the digital stage,” said Hiroshi Nagaoka, corporate VP of Nissan Motor.

An additional investment of more than one billion baht has been made to the 6,600 square metre facility. NMAP today boasts an R&D centre with industry-first testing facilities in Thailand: an anechoic chamber, acoustic chamber and vibration simulator with environment chamber. By the end of fiscal year 2016, a total of 330 staff will be employed, with local engineers trained in Japan.

“NMAP R&D Test Centre represents an important milestone not only for Nissan’s presence here in the Kingdom of Thailand but also in the overall development of Thailand’s dynamic automobile industry,” said Kazutaka Nambu, president of Nissan Motor Thailand.

A total of 12 models will be tested at the new centre, including the Navara, Almera and X-Trail Hybrid. Nissan has 13 R&D centres across the globe.