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RPSCOE: A celebration of excellence

RPSCOE: A celebration of excellence

By Sharad Matade:

The RPSCOE is equipped with physical testing lab, aging room, thermal calibration labs, mechanical room, rubber characterization testing, microscopic lab, rolling resistance machines and reverse engineering. As the India is working on standards related to CO2 emission, rolling resistance and grip, this well-equipped tech centre will have an edge over its peers

The newly-opened global technology centre – Raghupati Singhania Centre of Excellence (RPSCOE) – once again emphasizes continuing commitment of JK Tyre & Industries Ltd to innovation and excellence. Dr. Raghupati Singhania, Chairman and Managing Director, called it “a celebration of excellence … testimony to JK Tyre’s ethos of investing in technology.”
The RPSCOE is part of the Harishankar Singhania Elastomer and Tyre Research Institute (HASETRI), where scientists, engineers and technicians in the industry come together to optimise product performance and product design cycle time through simulation and predictive techniques.
The Centre of Excellence in Mysuru was inaugurated by HD Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister of Karnataka, at a function attended by Dr. Raghupati Singhania, Jitendra J Jadhav, Director, National Aerospace Laboratory, Bangalore, GT Devegowda, Minister for Higher Education & District in Charge Minister, Sa Ra Mahesh, Minister for Tourism & Sericulture; Pratap Simha, MP, and other distinguished members of the legislative assembly and senior officials of the Karnataka government, including Dr. Girish Sahni, Director General, CSIR and Secretary, DSIR and stalwarts of the Indian auto industry.
JK Tyre has invested enormous resources in the development of the centre that takes root in the company’s ethos of placing best-in-class technology at the heart of its products.
Welcoming the opening of the centre,H D Kumaraswamy, said, “Mysuru has been known for reputed institutions like CFTRI, DRDO, BEML, Infosys and the Raghupati Singhania Centre of Excellence is another feather in the cap of Mysuru. I greatly appreciate JK Tyre for setting up this “Global Technology Centre” that will provide technology to its identities in India and abroad. JK Tyre has had a presence in Mysuru for the last 21 years, and that too as the only tyre manufacturing company of large tyres in Karnataka. I urge the company under the able leadership of Dr. Raghupati Singhania to continue its good work by providing tailormade courses through HASETRI and RPS Centre of Excellence to the youth of Karnataka and contribute to the economic and social development of Mysuru.”

Dr. Raghupati Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd, said the new R&D Centre reiterated his company’s trust in technology. “RPSCOE is a celebration of excellence, it is testimony to JK Tyre’s ethos of investing in technology,” he said. “Ever since we introduced India to radial tyre technology in 1977, we have continued our search to stoke the scientific temperament. A year ago, we rolled out our 10 millionth truck/bus radial tyre from our plant in Mysuru, becoming the first company in India to do so. Today, it gives me immense joy to say that with this Centre we have added to the list of the many firsts for JK Tyre. We want RPSCOE to become an aspiration not only for the people of Mysore but for the whole country. It has been a good beginning, now the people of Karnataka and Mysuru will have to support us in building this Centre, making it one of India’s treasured institutions for R&D.”
Earlier JK Tyre had four tech centres , Kankroli ,(Rajasthan), Faridabad, Chennai and Mysuru. Now the company brought in all its technology development activities under one roof, The RPSCOE, to understand the customers better and give a better product. With the new Mysore-based tech centre, the company will give total control on materials developments, compound developments,, process development and design, product validation and commercial viabilities, using the most sophisticated tools and techniques covering all categories like passenger car radial, light truck radial, light truck bias, truck and bus radial, farm and off the road tyres.
Major investment
JK Tyre so far invested Rs75 crore in building the centre and Rs100 crore for the equipment. Another Rs50 crore has been allocated buying new equipment and machineries in near future. Currently the RPSCOE employees 180 manpower, consisting scientists, engineers and technologist and has space for expansion and upgradation. The company has also an extension tech centre in Mexico, where around ten people are working.

JK Tyre has been credited to bring technological breakthroughs in the Indian tyre industry. The company introduced radial tyre technology in India 70’s and to make the industry self-reliant, it established Hari Shankar Singhania Elastomer And Tyre Research Institute (HASETRI) in 1991. HASETRI is an Independent Research Institute specialising in the area of elastomer research and tyre mechanics, established to fulfill the nation’s need for developing newer and better technologies for elastomer and tyres.
Well-equipped facility
The RPSCOE is equipped with physical testing lab, aging room, thermal calibration labs, mechanical room, rubber characterization testing, microscopic lab, rolling resistance machines and reverse engineering. As the India is working on standards related to CO2 emission, rolling resistance and grip, this well-equipped tech centre will have an edge over its peers.
The main attraction of newly built tech centre is Semi-Anechoic Chamber for reduced noise vibration and harshness data analysis. The chamber is isolated from the rest of building and is standing vibration isolation cubes. The company has invested between Rs15 crore o 20 crore for the chamber and the equipment. The room is to determine the pure contribution of tyres for noise pollution. Basically a tyre is uploaded on the rig and the applied load of vehicle and noise are captured on very sensitive microphones. The test can be done from two wheelers, passenger tyres to large truck tyres and different speeds up to 300 km per hour. Another feature of the room is that it also stimulates road conditions. The chamber is also capable of doing the same test on white goods.
Today JK Tyre has 12 production plants, nine in India and three in Mexico, having production capacity of 35 million units per year. Being the market in leader in radial tyres, JK is expected to gain market share in the Indian tyre industry on the account of the growing emphasize on radialisation in the overall tyre industry and better infrastructure in India. In commercial tyre segment radialisation stands at 45% , while in passenger segment it is around 75% in India.
It recently Cavendish India Limited from Birla Tyres. While acquisition added three modern plants to its portfolio taking the total count to 12, it helped the tyre major foray into the two/three wheeler segment as well

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