Michelin has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) with the goal of developing a new strategic partnership in India. As part of this new partnership, Michelin will collaborate with ARAI for pooling expertise and knowledge with the goal of promoting general awareness of the transportation industry. The two organizations will also collaborate on automobile technology projects in India. Another project they will both work on is facilitating the testing of tires for complying with regulatory requirements with regard to parameters like wet grip and rolling resistance.
Commenting on the partnership, Eric Philippe Vinesse, Executive Vice President, Research & Development – Member of the Michelin Group Executive Committee, said that Michelin’s strategic partnership with ARAI will make it possible for Michelin to share its expertise and multi-country know-how on tire technology for the Indian market.
Vinesse added, “Working in collaboration and sharing the wealth of knowledge and experience in the field, Michelin and ARAI will also improve representation and reproducibility of tire certification testing, leading to increased confidence in the industry and to benefit the consumers in India.”
The MoU covers several areas of collaboration which are related to the development of the automobile industry. They include areas like tire technologies, training on vehicle dynamics, and investigating future stakes in standardization and regulation. Michelin and ARAI might also work jointly on research and development of tire technology and exchange new technological know-how for UNECE regulatory requirements.
Speaking about joint projects, Arun Jaura, Managing Director Michelin R&D 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.”
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