IITB-Monash Research Academy and Michelin India Technology Centre in Pune signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 15 February 2021. It is designed to be an Umbrella Agreement between the two organizations for next generation sustainable mobility research. This partnership will be for a tenure of 5 years with several projects envisaged for development in the Mobility space in India. It will bring involve doctoral students (PhD) from the Academy and Michelin’s global Research and Development DNA. The projects will encompass a wide range of themes such as advanced computational engineering, materials, simulation and manufacture, infrastructure engineering, clean energy, water, nanotechnology, biotechnology and stem cell research.
During the signing ceremony, M.S. Unnikrishnan, CEO, IITB-Monash Research Academy said: “We really value our research partnership with Michelin, one of the most technologically advanced tire manufacturers of the world. IITB-Monash Research Academy in partnership with Michelin is aiming to conduct application oriented translational research. Professors from IIT Bombay and Monash University, Australia will team up with Michelin in this outcome oriented program targeted to create mobility oriented technologies of tomorrow”.
Dr. Arun Jaura, Managing Director Michelin India Technology Centre India, said: “Michelin’s R&D centers embody our Innovation DNA in various regions of the world. In India, Michelin R&D’s partnership with IITB-Monash Research Academy is a strategic lever used to foster the power and speed of innovation in the mobility ecosystem. In light of sustainability, this partnership will nurture talent and encourage PhD students to collaborate and create innovative mobility related solutions. This particular partnership will provide PhD students with exposure to technologies and experiences from 3 different continents – allowing them to access state of the art facilities, join forces with intellectual academic minds, and work alongside industry experts.”
Eric Philippe Vinesse, Executive Vice President, Research & Development – Member of the Michelin Group Executive Committee said: “I am delighted about this partnership of Michelin in India with IITB-Monash Research Academy as it will enhance mutual development and stimulate stronger collaboration for sustainable mobility. In this evolving mobility ecosystem, this engagement will provide a solid platform for the PhD students from India, to appreciate and experience the strengths of Michelin’s innovation culture.”
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 127,000 employees and operates 69 tire production facilities which together produced around 200 million tires in 2019.