Automotive research centre at IIT-Madras with German institute

Chennai, Oct 20 (IANS) The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Madras will set up an Applied Centre for Advanced Automotive Research Centre in partnership with Fraunhofer Gesellschaft of Germany on its campus here, the premier institute said on Thursday.

“The centre will focus on solutions to the automotive industries with our talent and delivery mechanism of Fraunhofer,” said the institute in a statement here.

An agreement was signed here on Wednesday by IIT-Madras Director Bhaskar Ramamurthi and Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology Head Dirk Landgrebe for establishing the research centre.

The centre will conduct research on new frontiers such as light-weighting, advanced manufacturing, emission, engineering design, novel materials, noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), which are of interest to the automotive sector.

The centre will be developed in collaboration with the Department of Heavy Industries and industry partners, including manufacturers and automobile associations.

“The centre of excellence will deliver solutions to the industry in a time-bound manner. We will also reach to the industry to understand its requirements and find solutions to its problems,” said IIT Dean K. Balasubramanian on the occasion.

Fraunhofer has been in India since seven years, collaborating with the Indian industry and the government to strengthen its engagements in the country.

“Our institute has been at the forefront of developing cutting-edge applied research in the range of production technologies,” said Landgrebe in the statement.

–IANS

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