State-of-the-art 6,000 square meter testing facility to better support automotive customers and drive innovation

Sensata Technologies Holding N.V., (NYSE:ST) one of the world’s leading suppliers of sensing, electrical protection, control and power management solutions, announced the opening of its largest global testing facility in Sofia, Bulgaria in March.

The Testing Laboratory and Mechanization Office is now operational and employs more than 100 highly-skilled engineers and technicians in the areas of durability testing, research and development, field failure analysis and equipment development for Sensata’s automotive sensing technology. The company invested approximately 3 million USD in the Testing Laboratory and Mechanization Office.

“Our customers rely on Sensata to deliver proven, mission-critical sensing capabilities that help solve some of their toughest problems while meeting stringent quality and performance standards,” said Paul Chawla, Senior Vice President, Performance Sensing, Europe.  “The tests implemented in our new Testing Laboratory recreate some of the harshest conditions our products may encounter in a vehicle including extreme temperatures and environmental conditions. We are excited about this expansion and very proud of our engineering team that helps ensure our products meet Sensata and customer specifications and strict industry standards.”

A single automotive sensor designed by Sensata engineers undergoes over 200 functional tests in the Testing Laboratory before it moves to manufacturing to simulate the complete lifetime of a car in three months’ time.

The sensors are tested to endure temperatures from -40 to +1,200 degrees. The sensors also undergo tests for protection against moisture, dust and “steam cleaning, where each sensor is exposed to high-pressure water steam reaching up to 100 degrees Celsius and pressure up to 100 bars. Other tests include chemical resistance, vibration and electromagnetic compatibility between the sensor and the vehicle.

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