Yamaha chooses Tamil Nadu for second R&D centre


CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu is fast turning into a hub for two-wheeler research and development (R&D). Even as Royal Enfield is investing heavily in setting up its R&D centre in the state, another big ticket motorcycle brand has just opened its second R&D centre.

Yamaha Motor Research & Development India (YMRI) has announced the establishment of its second R&D Centre in India located on the premises of the company’s Tamil Nadu plant in Kanchipuram district.Yamaha is investing 66 crore to set-up the center which is part of the 1,500 crore investment that the company has already committed to by 2018.

Yasuo Ishihara, MD, YMRI, said, “The objective of the new Centre is to develop models for India and eventually, the global market. By collaboration with the current development power in Surajpur center, we aim to strengthen more of the cost reduction and attractive product development in the Chennai center.”

“YMRI is a ‘Value Development Company’ and aims to develop not only higher specification but also low cost with good balance for the India market. For this purpose, India R&D would ‘develop’, ‘purchase’ and do ‘cost innovation’.” The new R&D center has state-of-the-art facilities including prototype testing & validation and a test track with simulation of Indian road condition.