Apollo Tyres’ chairman Onkar S Kanwar and vice chairman and MD Neeraj Kanwar officially opened a new facility in India at a ceremony recently. The facility will be home to around 140 experts and will service the product development needs of the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa region. Meanwhile, Apollo’s other global R&D center in Enschede, Netherlands, which has a team of more than 150 people, focuses on Europe and America.
Apollo Tyres has also set up two satellite R&D centers in Bengaluru in India and in Raunheim, Germany. The Advanced Engineering Centre in Bengaluru is working toward the integration of electronics into tire technology, while the Raunheim facility will focus on OE fitments in Germany for the Apollo and Vredestein brands.
Kanwar said, “Apollo Tyres has been furthering the dimension of research and development, to usher in contemporary technology to service its customers in its chosen markets. The setting up of the two global R&D centers is a purposeful step toward this vision.”