ERJ staff report (DS)
Gurgaon, India -- Apollo Tyres has named a German national as chief of research & technology, and he will be based in Germany. This is a significant departure for Apollo which has previously employed all senior staff at it's India headquarters.
Peter Becker joins Apollo Tyres from Goodyear Dunlop Germany, where he was the senior manager for tyre development (passenger, light truck and 4x4 tyres) for the past seven years. He formally joined Apollo this month and will be leading the company's initiatives in tyre technology, research and new product development, especially keeping in mind the mobility needs of European customers.
Apollo said Becker will be based out of Germany, where he will be responsible for establishing an R&D facility for Apollo Tyres. He will be working with Apollo's research, technology and design teams across geographical locations in India, South Africa and Europe.
Becker's appointment comes as part of Apollo Tyres Ltd's plans for the European market. The company has already announced the establishment of a passenger car radial tyre manufacturing facility in Hungary, with an initial investment of Euro 200 million. Said Peter Becker, who is currently in India, â€œI am excited by this opportunity and impressed by the possibilities the future holds with Apollo Tyres. I am positive that we will be able to bring out competitive products which address customer needs.â€