Miche­lin opens R&D Lab in Mane­sar

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Miche­lin In­dia’s new Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Lab­o­ra­tory in Mane­sar, Haryana, will ex­pand its re­search and in­no­va­tion ca­pac­ity and strengthen com­mit­ment to the mo­bil­ity in­dus­try in the re­gion.

Alexan­dre Ziegler, Am­bas­sador of France to In­dia, who re­cently in­au­gu­rated this state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity, said: “Our vi­brant eco­nomic part­ner­ship with In­dia is boosted by France’s lead­ing com­pa­nies such as Miche­lin which ac­tively con­trib­utes to “Make in In­dia” and bring re­search and de­vel­op­ment tech­nol­ogy ex­per­tise here. Along with pro­vid­ing in­no­va­tive prod­ucts to In­dia and other emerg­ing mar­kets in the re­gion, this tech­nol­ogy cen­tre will also help aug­ment skilling, thus con­tribut­ing to the In­dian gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Skill De­vel­op­ment Mis­sion, a key pa­ram­e­ter for global com­pet­i­tive­ness for In­dia.”

With an an­nual R&D bud­get of more than €700 mil­lion, Miche­lin has over 6,000 em­ploy­ees en­gaged in re­search, de­vel­op­ment and process en­gi­neer­ing at Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tres in Europe, North Amer­ica and Asia. The sprawl­ing 3800-square-me­ter Ma­te­ri­als test lab­o­ra­tory at Mane­sar is an es­sen­tial re­source, pro­vid­ing sup­port to the Miche­lin Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre in Gurgaon. This cen­tre is fo­cused on ra­dial truck and bus tyre R&D and pro­vides tech­ni­cal sup­port to the com­pany’s man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Chen­nai, China and Thai­land.

Philippe Verneuil, Pres­i­dent of Miche­lin Africa, In­dia and Mid­dle East, said “Miche­lin Group is com­mit­ted to bring­ing in­no­va­tion quicker to our mar­kets and bet­ter de­liv­er­ing on our cus­tomers’ ex­pec­ta­tions. Es­tab­lish­ing a Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre sup­ported by a ma­te­ri­als test­ing lab­o­ra­tory is a demon­stra­tion of the high level of con­fi­dence that Miche­lin Group has for In­dia and the busi­ness growth op­por­tu­ni­ties in the re­gion. This lab­o­ra­tory will pro­vide im­pe­tus to our es­tab­lished in­no­va­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties in In­dia and will as­sist with ma­te­rial re­search for more ro­bust and fuel ef­fi­cient truck and bus tyres.”

Serge Gode­froid, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Miche­lin In­dia Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre, said: “We have a dy­namic team of highly skilled tech­ni­cal ex­perts who have been se­lected from pre­mier in­sti­tutes in In­dia.”

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