Benefits of this partnership are likely to be the development of more India-specific tyre compounds by Michelin and higher scope of regulatory tyre testing in the country.
Michelin India & Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) have joined hands to enhance general awareness of the transportation industry and drive more collaborations in automotive technology projects in the country. Both organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the same. While the MoU largely focuses on driving the development of the Indian automotive industry, certain key areas where the partnership is likely to focus the most include training on vehicle dynamics, tyre technologies and exploring future stakes in standardisation & regulation processes. Facilitation of tyre testing for regulatory requirements (wet & rolling resistance tests) will also be a high-priority aim of the partnership.
Elaborating on this partnership, Dr Arun Jaura, MD - Michelin Research & Development India said, 'In addition to joint innovative missions, this partnership will work on collaborative technical projects that will benefit consumers, enlighten the mobility industry in preparation of upcoming norms and regulations and build knowledge for testing and evaluation in various weather conditions on Indian terrains that will catapult sustainable mobility solutions pertinent to the Indian ecosystem.'
Present at the MoU signing, Mr Eric Philippe Vinesse, Executive VP (Research & Development) and Member of the Michelin Group Executive Committee said, 'At Michelin, we continue to expand our external partnerships to tap into new perspectives on innovation. Our strategic partnership with ARAI will allow us to share our expertise and multi-country know-how on tyre technology for the Indian market. Working in collaboration and sharing the wealth of knowledge and experience in the field, Michelin and ARAI will also improve representation and reproducibility of tyre certification testing, leading to increased confidence in the industry and to benefit the consumers in India.'
For those not aware, Michelin is the second-largest tyre manufacturer in the world (after Bridgestone), based out of France and ARAI is one of India's leading autonomous automotive R&D, testing and certification organisations, set up by the Indian automotive industry in partnership with the Government of India (Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises).