TUV Rhein­land to trans­form au­to­mo­tive tech­ni­cal in­spec­tion in In­dia

Auto components India - - SPECIAL REPORT - Story by: Ashish Bhatia

Tech­ni­cal sur­veil­lance or tech­ni­cal in­spec­tion in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try is fast chang­ing. With stake­hold­ers of the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try the world over, es­pe­cially in In­dia, look­ing to align their busi­ness pro­cesses with the best global prac­tices, the Ger­many-based TUV Rhein­land Group finds it­self play­ing the role of a cat­a­lyst. As a lead­ing in­ter­na­tional test­ing ser­vice provider, it is in the pur­suit of sus­tained de­vel­op­ment of safety and qual­ity.

In In­dia, part­ner­ing with nodal agen­cies like Au­to­mo­tive Re­search As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (ARAI) and the Cen­tral In­sti­tute of Road Trans­port (CIRT), the com­pany is helping stake­hold­ers of the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try meet chal­lenges aris­ing from the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween man, tech­nol­ogy and the en­vi­ron­ment. With safety, qual­ity and pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment as the foun­da­tion for all its ser­vices, the 100% sub­sidiary of the lead­ing in­ter­na­tional test­ing ser­vice provider, TUV Rhein­land In­dia of­fers a host of ser­vices span­ning the realm of test­ing, in­spec­tion, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, train­ing and con­sul­ta­tion.

With pres­ence in over 100 lo­ca­tions, of­fer­ing more than 2,500 ser­vices, that in­clude con­cept con­sult­ing, draft­ing of reg­u­la­tions, over­all de­vel­op­ment of in­te­grated pas­sive safety sys­tems, de­vel­op­ment and

co­or­di­na­tion of prod­uct-spe­cific re­quire­ments doc­u­ments, prepa­ra­tion of load­ing con­di­tion and pro­to­type plans, val­i­da­tion of com­puter sim­u­la­tion, ho­molo­ga­tion con­sult­ing and type test­ing in ac­cor­dance with Ger­man reg­u­la­tions. Claimed to be the world’s largest tech­ni­cal ser­vices com­pany per­tain­ing to ho­molo­ga­tion and type ap­proval, it is equipped to cater to ve­hi­cle and com­po­nent man­u­fac­tur­ers with its global net­work. TUV Rhein­land In­dia is con­fi­dent of bring­ing about a change in the way au­to­mo­tive tech­ni­cal in­spec­tion is con­ducted in In­dia.

TUV Rhein­land In­dia sup­ports the ex­port ef­forts of ve­hi­cle and com­po­nent man­u­fac­tur­ers. This en­tails get­ting dif­fer­ent ap­provals from dif­fer­ent coun­tries. The com­pany also sup­ports the global man­u­fac­tur­ers by helping them com­ply with In­dian ap­provals. The com­pany, with rev­enues of Euro 1.92 bil­lion (of which rev­enue share from mo­bil­ity was Euro 486 mil­lion) in 2016, has in­vested Euro 2.5 mil­lion in a state-of-the-art ded­i­cated au­to­mo­tive lab­o­ra­tory in Bengaluru to ex­pand its foot­print in the coun­try. The new fa­cil­ity has a pho­to­voltaic lab, and lab­o­ra­to­ries for test­ing ma­te­ri­als, elec­tri­cal safety, bat­tery and soft­lines. Its wire­less IoT test­ing lab­o­ra­tory, is ca­pa­ble of con­duct­ing ra­di­ated and con­ducted sig­nal mea­sure­ments and fa­cil­i­tat­ing wire­less al­liance cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to He­mant De­sai, Vice Pres­i­dent, Mo­bil­ity, TUV Rhein­land In­dia, the com­pany’s Elec­tro Mag­netic Com­pat­i­bil­ity (EMC) lab is one of the first pri­vate bod­ies, au­tho­rised to grant such a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in the coun­try. The lab caters to au­to­mo­tive EMC test­ing. “Elec­tronic sub-assem­blies, ve­hi­cle con­trol sys­tems, in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems, ad­vanced driver as­sis­tance sys­tems which are mak­ing their way to In­dia are not lim­ited to the do­mes­tic mar­ket alone,” De­sai said, hint­ing at the po­ten­tial for growth by look­ing at ex­port mar­kets of In­dian Orig­i­nal Equip­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ers (OEMs).

Draw­ing at­ten­tion to In­dian ex­ports get­ting a big boost with the en­trance of global OEMs, De­sai em­pha­sised the grow­ing im­por­tance of reg­u­la­tory ap­provals in In­dia. Reg­u­la­tory ap­provals, added De­sai, have be­gun to as­sume even more sig­nif­i­cance with In­dia re­cently over­tak­ing Ger­many to be­come the fourth largest au­to­mo­bile mar­ket in the world. With the com­pany’s ex­perts qual­i­fied by the Euro­pean min­istry of trans­port, TUV Rhein­land is well equipped to carry out tests in the coun­try across pri­vate and na­tional labs be­sides con­duct­ing tests at se­lect OEM labs. De­sai said, prior to is­su­ing the type ap­provals, ad­e­quate mea­sures are taken to as­sess labs and their fa­cil­i­ties.

“Since In­dia is fast evolv­ing as an ex­port na­tion, many fa­cil­i­ties at par with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards are mak­ing their way here,” he ex­plained. In ad­di­tion to elec­tro­mo­bil­ity, the com­pany is look­ing at ho­molo­ga­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties, com­po­nent ho­molo­ga­tion, test­ing of en­ergy stor­age sys­tem that in­cludes bat­ter­ies. The com­pany is con­fi­dent of a mar­ket pull in the fu­ture for wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion pro­to­cols that in­clude Ad­vanced Driver As­sis­tance Sys­tems (ADAS). The safety lab at the Bengaluru fa­cil­ity has pro­vi­sion to test charg­ers, con­nec­tors, ca­bles be­sides aid­ing in the in­spec­tion of an en­tire charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture. Train­ing mod­ules have been spe­cially pre­pared to train tech­ni­cians on han­dling high volt­age elec­tri­cal sys­tems.

The com­pany’s fo­cus area of growth is the global mar­ket ac­cess ser­vices which deal with in­for­ma­tion from ex­porters and man­u­fac­tur­ers on dif­fer­ent reg­u­la­tions across coun­tries. Other ar­eas of growth for TUV Rhein­land In­dia in­clude train­ing and con­sul­ta­tion. Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion test­ing across EMC, and wire­less or en­ergy stor­age sys­tems are the other po­ten­tial ver­ti­cals for growth. The com­pany is also look­ing to sup­port Gov­ern­ment of In­dia in de­vis­ing charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture stan­dards ow­ing to the global ex­pe­ri­ence gath­ered in in­spec­tion and set­ting up of safety stan­dards for charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture, De­sai said.

He­mant De­sai, Vice Pres­i­dent, Mo­bil­ity, TUV Rhein­land In­dia

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