Michelin India Technology Centre in Pune and IIT Bombay – Monash Research Academy today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU),  designed to be an Umbrella Agreement between the two organizations for next generation sustainable mobility research.

Eric Philippe Vinesse, Executive Vice President, Research & Development – Member of the Michelin Group Executive Committee said: “Open innovation, through partnerships globally, is a priority for Michelin R&D. It enables us to accelerate and scale up mobility related innovative opportunities around Data Driven Engineering and Sustainable materials. I am delighted about this partnership of Michelin in India with IITB-Monash 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.”

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 Michelin’s global Research and Development DNA and involve doctoral students (PhD) from IIT Bombay – Monash Research Academy encompassing 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, 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 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.”

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”.