Jitendra Jadhav, Director of National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), a constituent of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has mooted the idea of CSIR collaborating with JK Tyre’s R&D institutes for aerospace applications.

Speaking at the inauguration of JK Tyre’s new global research and technology centre in Mysuru — Raghupati Singhania Centre of Excellence (RPSCOE), which is part of Harishankar Singhania Elastomer and Tyre Research Institute (HASETRI), on Tuesday, Mr. Jadhav said a lot of rubber and elastomer components used in the aerospace industry in India are imported from foreign countries.

HASETRI, he said, had emerged as one of the foremost institutes in elastomer and rubber industry in the country during the last 25 years, and it was the right time for JK Tyre to enter the field of aerospace applications and make an impact.

He pointed out that aerospace industry was growing at a rapid pace in the country with companies in Bengaluru like NAL building 19-seater and 70-seater aircraft, besides the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. Billions of dollars are spent on importing elastomer and rubber products required by the aerospace industry, he said.

CSIR is working in the areas of agriculture, nutrition, biotechnology, aerospace, health, polymer and petrochemicals, he said and hoped that the needs of the country can be met by working together with private research institutions like JK Tyre.

Earlier, the RSPCOE was inaugurated by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, who described JK Tyre as another feather in the cap of Mysuru.

Chairman and Managing Director of JK Tyre Raghupati Singhania said JK Tyre was committed to providing the latest in tyre technology to its customers. He said the Global Research and Technology Centre is equipped with sophisticated facilities for advanced material research, testing, computational mechanics, vehicle dynamics and tyre testing.

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