ERJ staff report (BC)
Apollo Tyres will formally inaugurate its global R&D centre at Enschede, the Netherlands, on Friday 11 January.
The company merged its research and development resources, with around 250 staff in Africa, Europe and India, last year.
Car and commercial vehicle tire development and testing will be located in the Netherlands and India respectively, while smaller teams will customise global products for local conditions.
According to Apollo, this structure will allow for a sharper focus on basic research, increased usage of alternative raw materials and market-led product performance.
The Enschede location for the R&D headquarters was chosen as close to both advanced testing facilities and the company's most challenging markets.