Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and Netherlands based DSM Engineering Plastics have announced their alliance for automotive developments in India. The alliance will help both the entities to allocate the resources in the automotive sector and it will mainly focus the area like fuel efficiency, emission, weight reduction and safety standards of the vehicle.
This alliance is looking forward for the development of certain platforms mainly under the bonnet like engine and transmission compartment and safety part like air bags. DSM is developing an air bag technology as per the international standards for the passenger cars in India.
Talking about the alliance DSM's President Roelof Westerbeek said, "Our knowledge of the use of our materials in automotive applications and vast experience in integrating parts with engineering plastics has directly contributed in making components lighter, hence lower fuel consumption and reduced pollution. We will bring in our material sciences and application expertise to this alliance".
He added that many new car manufactures across the world are preferring plastic rather than metal for their components. It is global trend and primarily helps to reduce the weight of the vehicle.
Shrikant Marathe, Director, ARAI, said, "ARAI will contribute through its expertise in automotive testing equipment, systems knowledge, and standards for four, three and two wheelers. For ARAI, vehicle weight reduction is a key focus area to address fuel consumption and emission concerns. This alliance will be extremely useful to achieve this objective."