Michelin India today inaugurated its Research and Development Laboratory in Manesar, Haryana, which expands the company’s research and innovation capacity and strengthens its commitment to the mobility industry in the region. The R&D laboratory was inaugurated by Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India.
The new Michelin Materials test laboratory at Manesar is spread over 3,800 sq m, and will provide support to the Michelin Technology Centre in Gurgaon. This Technology 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, the company noted.
Ambassador Ziegler said the economic partnership with India is boosted by France’s leading companies such as Michelin, which actively contribute to “Make in India” and bring in R&D technology expertise. In addition to providing innovative products to India and other emerging markets in the region, this technology centre will also help augment skilling, he added. It will contribute to the Indian government’s National Skill Development Mission, a key parameter for global competitiveness for India, noted Ziegler.
The centre has a dynamic team of highly skilled technical experts who have been selected from premier institutes in India, noted Serge Godefroid, Managing Director, Michelin India Technology Centre. He said that all the employees followed intense training at Michelin’s R&D facilities in France and the US prior to taking their roles in India. Godefroid added that the company’s R&D teams are now completely operational to offer its customers across emerging markets more adapted and innovative solutions.
Michelin has over 6,000 employees engaged in research, development and process engineering at Technology Centres in Europe, North America and Asia. The company noted that it has an annual R&D budget of over € 700 mn (about Rs 5,050 crore).