On expansion course – automotive engineering developer BFFT extends automotive expertise around the world
Ingolstadt-based automotive engineering developer BFFT is evolving just as rapidly as the automotive industry. The company is expanding impressively at a national and international level: Within a year, BFFT opened offices in Regensburg, Wolfsburg, Neckarsulm and Neuburg, as well as in the USA, England and Italy.
Founded in 1998 as a kind of “two-man show”, BFFT today boasts approximately 700 employees at home and abroad, and the title “AUDI AG Strategic Development Partner”. “Electric and electronic components for the automotive industry are a key focus in our range of services. For example, we work on the development of infotainment and driver assistance systems, and participate in various connectivity projects,” says BFFT CEO Markus Fichtner. Clients and partners include the international automotive and aviation industries and their suppliers.
Locations in Germany
In order to meet high customer expectations with regard to quality and function, the Berlin subsidiary was opened in 2009, with a similar range of responsibilities to the head office in Gaimersheim near Ingolstadt. In March 2013, BFFT also opened an office in Regensburg, which develops software for automotive control units. The Wolfsburg site was also added in the same year. At this district town in the east of Lower Saxony, BFFT is working on control unit development and test station maintenance, among other things. In February 2014, BFFT employees also assumed responsibility for various projects at Neckarsulm in Württemberg. The most recent milestone of the national expansion strategy will be marked by the spring 2014 opening of the “Audi Driving Experience Center” in Neuburg an der Donau, where BFFT will be responsible for customer support and service/technology.
Since 2012, BFFT staff has been handling various tasks in Győr, Hungary. 2013 saw the launch of “BFFT of America”. In Belmont near San Francisco, BFFT develops mostly automotive software. In addition to the activities in the USA and Hungary, BFFT development engineers and specialists also work at other international locations of their customers. In England, for example, BFFT is involved in test planning and management section in Crewe. In China, BFFT employees are working on several tasks in the cities of Changchun, Beijing and Foshan. And since the beginning of 2014, BFFT has been working on test programming in Sant’Agata Bolognese in Italy.