Ambassador Ziegler inaugurates Michelin India R&D Laboratory in Manesar

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.

Manesar, 13 June 2017

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.

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.”

Read the speech by the Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler

This is for me a great honor to inaugurate this new Research and Development Center of Michelin in India.

This state of the art facility illustrates both the attractiveness of India for innovative companies as well as the strong commitment of Michelin in India.

It is a strong example of what France and India can do together.

I extend my warmest congratulations and best wishes to Michelin and all its employees.

Dear friends,

It’s an honor for me to inaugurate this new Research and Development Laboratory of Michelin in India.

I am especially happy to inaugurate a facility of a French company that is very well established in India. Michelin is a leading international tyre company in India. It has established a manufacturing plant in Chennai which is a model plant for the quality of its production and its workforce. I would like to especially commend Michelin for the implementation of its “Green Factory” concept at the Chennai plant.

But Michelin is not only about producing good tyres. It is also a French leading innovative company with an annual R&D budget of more than 700M€ and over 6000 employees working in its technology centers around the world. No wonder it had to establish, here in India, one of its technological hubs.

This new Research and Development Laboratory is expanding Michelin’s R&D capacity in India but not only: it will also provide support to manufacturing facilities in China and in Thailand, which is a tribute to the quality of Indian workforce in terms of research and innovation.

Today’s inauguration marks a major step forward for Michelin. It is also a testimony of what our Indo-French economic partnership is all about: a partnership boosted by leading companies such as Michelin which not only “Make in India” but also “Innovate in India”, bringing R&D technology expertise here.

France is one of the most important investors in India. Today, nearly 500 French companies are present in India, through around 1000 settlements disseminated all over the country, employing and training more than 3 Lakhs Indian employees. Moreover, among the to 40 largest companies present in India, half of them have established in this country R&D centers.

As the visit of Prime Minister Modi to France recently highlighted, France and India enjoy an exceptionally warm relationship, which is the fruit of a deep trust between our two countries. Our common ambition goes far beyond our economic partnership. France also wants to be a key partner of India in science, research and innovation.

Michelin is an example of the strong commitment of France and its companies in India, addressing every steps of the continuum from the research to the commercialization of products, including training and skills development of human resources.

I, once again, extend my warmest congratulations and best wishes to Michelin’s representatives and all its employees. I wish you all a prosperous and successful future. Thank you./.

Last modified on 13/06/2017

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