Apollo Tyres opens global R&D cen­tre in Chen­nai

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Apollo Tyres, the lead­ing In­di­a­based tyre man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany, has opened its global R&D cen­tre in Chen­nai to serve the mar­kets in In­dia, Asia Pa­cific, Mid­dle East and Africa.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia, Sathish Sharma, Pres­i­dent, Apollo tyres said, “We have in­vested Rs 90 crore to set up this global R&D cen­tre. This is the 2nd global R&D cen­tre trail­ing the one from the Nether­lands at En­schede in Europe setup pri­mar­ily to cater to the Euro­pean and Amer­i­can re­gions. Tech­nol­ogy and Mar­ket­ing are the 2 pil­lars in which ev­ery com­pany drives and Apollo too chauf­feurs with the same con­cept. For fu­ture we made in­vest­ments in run flat tyre tech­nol­ogy and on­go­ing elec­tron­ics in tyres in these R&D cen­tres.” The 2 global R&D cen­tres in ad­di­tion to the core re­search, ser­vice the prod­uct devel­op­ment needs of the re­spec­tive re­gions.

Be­sides the 2 R&D cen­tres, the com­pany also has setup 2 satel­lite R&D cen­tres in Bengaluru and Ger­many. The Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing Cen­tre in Bengaluru is work­ing to­wards in­te­grat­ing elec­tron­ics into tyre tech­nol­ogy and an­other one in Raun­heim (Ger­many) is work­ing to­wards es­tab­lish­ing tyres with lead­ing Ger­man OE cus­tomers for Apollo brands. Speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion func­tion, Neeraj Kan­war, Vice Chair­man and Manag­ing Di­rec­tor, Apollo Tyres, said, “We are fur­ther­ing the di­men­sion of R&D to usher in con­tem­po­rary tech­nol­ogy to ser­vice our cus­tomers in the cho­sen mar­kets. The 2 R&D cen­tres will ma­te­ri­alise our vi­sion.”

There are cer­tain re­spon­si­bil­i­ties en­trusted with us as a premiere tyre com­pany, Sharma said. The com­pany in­vests 0.7-1.9% of its sales in R&D. Reg­u­la­tory body thrust a lot of dead­lines to the en­vi­ron­ment and in line with that all com­pa­nies across in­dus­tries have for­mu­lated their moves. BS VI emis­sion norms by 2020 is a pole vault and this will be in­deed an achieve­ment for the coun­try on suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion. In­dia sails to BS VI with a dead­line of 4 years where the same path is be­ing sailed for 15 years by the other coun­tries that have im­ple­mented the move. “Hence from our end rolling re­sis­tance, cut re­sis­tance, run flat, TPMS needs are some of the pa­ram­e­ters to be taken care of with im­me­di­ate ef­fect. This will in­crease fuel ef­fi­ciency also.”

The com­pany is plan­ning to set up a new fac­tory in Andhra Pradesh at an in­vest­ment of Rs 500 crore which has rooted its po­si­tion in the in­dus­trial cor­ri­dor in Chit­toor district. “We are look­ing at ex­pand­ing two-wheeler ca­pac­ity from this new setup and also we have pro­posed to make tyres for

Apollo Tyres newly in­agu­rated Global R&D Cen­tre, Asia in Chen­nai.

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