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Dr. Karsten Brast   
General Manager
Ningbo HuaXiang Automotive Research & Development Co. Ltd.
Dr. Karsten Brast is a seasoned automotive and plastics/composites industry executive, with more than 15 years of experience in senior management positions in the international automotive industry. Since March 2011 he has held his current position, as the general manager for research and development of major Chinese auto parts supplier Ningbo HuaXiang Automotive Research & Development Co. Ltd. Dr. Brast, a member of the Corporate Senior Management on NBHX group level, is responsible for the group´s product strategy, global program management and operational excellence, especially introducing lean manufacturing into all NBHX business units.
For the previous decade, Dr. Brast held various roles for SAS Automotive Systems, the worldwide leading Tier-1 cockpit-module supplier (a joint venture between the French Faurecia Group and the German Continental AG). He began in 2001 as a project manager for some automotive interior projects for SAS. In 2004 he was named corporate director of product and process engineering.
In July 2008, Dr. Brast became vice president of programs and engineering for SAS. Three months later   The 3,500-employee SAS, which operates 21 production plants and six development centers around the world, produces more than 4 million automotive cockpits annually.
From 1997-2001, Dr. Brast worked as a research manager for Germany’s Institute of Plastics Processing, or Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung (IKV), at RWTH Aachen University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, the German equivalent of a master’s degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in manufacturing engineering, and his doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) in composites – all at RWTH Aachen.
Ningbo HuaXiang Automotive R&D Co., Ltd. is part of the China-based Ningbo HuaXiang Electronic Co. Ltd, which was founded in 2001 and now operates 18 subsidiary companies in China, North-America, Germany and the Czech Republic. The group today employs more than 7,000 employees and injection molds thermoplastic components for interior and exterior applications such as instrument panels, door panels, decorative trim, high-performance composites, electrical and heating, ventilating and air conditioning.
On 2012, he served as executive director of the APIMC. ( 2012-2014 ) 
About Ningbo HuaXiang Automotive Research & Development Co. Ltd.
Ningbo HuaXiang Automotive Research & Development Co. Ltd set up in 2008.It is the R&D center of Ningbo HuaXiang Electronic Co. Ltd and the global design and development center of the group. It is also responsible for the development and application of new materials and new technology. Talent from around the world are actively working to create international high-end engineering center there.The end of 2011,it moved into Ningbo R&D building closed to the factory.
Project engineering and technical staff are engaging in the work of design, project management, testing and validation, prototyping and competitor analysis. The equipment can fully meet the various specifications and needs of the automotive interiors industry.
The R & D center has a total of five functions module .Some module will be responsible for the core engineering activities just like follows:-research, development and product verification-business development and project management-the industrialization planning and lean production.
R&D center has the ability in research and development of various automotive interior trim and it can epitomizes production and characteristics of the group.
The ministry of research and pre-development is designed to advance new materials, new processes, new applications and new modules in order to enhance the value of various businesses. The R&D center warmly welcome all customers from home and abroad. We sincerely look forward to working with you to establish partnerships.