Ambassador of France to India inaugurates Michelin India Research and Development Laboratory in Manesar, Haryana

Posted by: at 6/13/2017 07:05:00 am


H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, today formally inaugurated Michelin India’s Research and Development Laboratory in Manesar, Haryana. This new state-of-the-art facility expands Michelin India’s research and innovation capacity and strengthens its commitment to the mobility industry in the region.


H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India addressing guests at the inauguration of Michelin India Research and Development Laboratory in Manesar, Gurgaon
 H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India addressing guests at the inauguration of Michelin India Research and Development Laboratory in Manesar, Gurgaon

Serge Godefroid (Managing Director, Michelin India Technology Center), H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler (Ambassador of France to India) & Philippe Verneuil inaugurate Michelin R&D cente
 Serge Godefroid (Managing Director, Michelin India Technology Center), H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler (Ambassador of France to India) & Philippe Verneuil inaugurate Michelin R&D cente

Serge Godefroid, Managing Director, Michelin India Technology Center, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India and Philippe Verneuil,   inaugurate Michelin R&D ce
Serge Godefroid, Managing Director, Michelin India Technology Center, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India and Philippe Verneuil,   inaugurate Michelin R&D ce

During the inauguration, 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, this technology center will also help augment skilling, thus contributing to the Indian government’s National Skill Development Mission, a key parameter for global competitiveness for India.”

With an annual R&D budget of more than €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 at this momentous occasion, Philippe Verneuil, President of Michelin Africa, India and Middle East said “Michelin Group is committed to bringing innovation quicker to our markets and better delivering on our customers’ expectations. 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 our research and development 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 our customers across emerging markets more adapted and innovative solutions.”

About Michelin

Michelin, the leadingtyrecompany, isdedicated to enhancingits clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the mostsuitabletyres, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and makethem unique experiences; and developing high-technologymaterialsthat serve the mobilityindustry. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin ispresentin 170 countries, has 111,700 employees and operates 68 production facilitiesin 17 countries whichtogetherproduced 187 million tyresin 2016.



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