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MICHELIN and the Automotive Research Association of India to develop a strategic partnership

Michelin India and the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) designed to encourage knowledge sharing, enhance general awareness of the transportation industry and to drive forward collaborations in automobile technology projects in India.

The signed MoU encompasses several areas of collaboration related to the development of the automobile industry in India, such as training on vehicle dynamics, tyre technologies and exploring future stakes in standardization and regulation, among others. This strategic partnership will also see Michelin India and ARAI join forces to facilitate testing of tyres for regulatory requirements like wet grip and rolling resistance.

During the signing ceremony Eric Philippe Vinesse, Executive Vice President, Research & Development - 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.”

The partnership will also explore possibilities for Michelin India Research and Development to entrust and explore cooperation with ARAI on tyre technology R&D, and exchange new technology know-how for UNECE regulatory requirements.

Elaborating on this partnership, Dr. 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.”

Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director, ARAI, said: “We are very happy to collaborate with Michelin on supporting the development of the Auto and Tyre industries in India. As an autonomous R&D organization, ARAI is at the cutting edge of assessing Auto industry technologies and Michelin is a global technology leader in the Tyre industry with a robust R&D and testing process. This partnership will help us strengthen learnings that drive innovation and standardization to harness mobility opportunities for India.”

About Michelin

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve a variety of industries. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in 170 countries, has more than 125,000 employees and operates 67 tire production facilities which together produced around 190 million tires in 2018

About ARAI

Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), established in 1966, is the leading automotive R&D organization of the country set up by the Automotive Industry with the Government of India. ARAI is an autonomous body affiliated to the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India. The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, has recognized ARAI as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO). Further, ARAI is a prime Testing and Certification Agency notified by Government of India under Rule 126 of Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989. ARAI has vision to start its Centre of Excellence for Tyres and Wheels in its new expansion plan.