Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, has inaugurated Michelin India’s Research and Development Laboratory in Manesar, Haryana.
After inaugurating the facility, Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler said, “Our vibrant economic partnership with India is boosted by France’s leading companies such as Michelin which actively contribute 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, Ziegler said this technology center will also help augment skilling, thus contributing to India’s National Skill Development Mission, a key parameter for global competitiveness for India.
With an annual R&D budget of over € 700 million, Michelin has over 6,000 employees engaged in research, development and process engineering at Technology Centers 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 Center in Gurgaon. This Technology Center 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.
Speaking on the occasion, Philippe Verneuil, President of Michelin Africa, India and Middle East said,“Establishing a Technology Center 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 tires.”
Serge Godefroid, Managing Director, Michelin India Technology Center said:, “We have a dynamic team of highly skilled technical experts who have been selected from premier institutes in India.”
All of them followed intense training at Michelin’s R&D facilities in France and the US prior to taking their roles in India. Michelin India’s R&D teams are now completely operational to offer its customers across emerging markets more adapted and innovative solutions, Godefroid added.