Bombardier Recreational Products Opens Research Facility

Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) has opened a new powertrain division research facility in Gunskirchen, Austria, dubbed the Regionales Innovations Centrum (RIC), according to a BRP release.

The facility’s mission is to collaborate with Gunskirchen’s universities to “develop clean engine technologies of the future while training a highly qualified and skilled workforce.”

According to the release, “The RIC is considered as the innovation and education engine of Austria and plays an important role in the cultural development of the region by offering job opportunities to a diverse group of individuals coming from all over the world.”

Workers at RIC will work closely with BRP’s other design and technology facilities in Sherbrooke and Valcourt, Quebec.

BRP’s move is not unlike a recent push by Zero Motorcycles to move into Santa Cruz, Calif., to research its next-gen products. While BRP plans to harness the minds of a local university system, Zero plans to tap into a talent pool ripe with former employees of Seagate, hard drive manufacturer.

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