Valeo has set-up a Centre of Excellence at Vellore Institute of Technology’s (VIT) Vellore campus in Tamil Nadu, India. Pierre Lebrun, Vice President, Group Electronics Expertise and Development Services, Valeo has inaugurated the facility. Jaji Vijayaraman, Mechanical R&D Director, Group Electronics Expertise and Development Services, Valeo India and Dr Anand A. Samuel, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. S. Narayanan, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr. Vasudevan R, Dean, School of Mechanical Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) were present at the event.
Valeo signed a Memorandum of Understanding with VIT Vellore last year and as part of the MoU, Valeo has established this Center of Excellence with an aim to support students and research scholars in automotive research, especially in the areas of power train, safety, power electronics and infotainment. The 1,800 square feet facility showcases the products and technologies of Valeo in the areas of powertrain systems, thermal systems, visibility systems and autonomous driving to provide an exposure to the students on the current and futuristic auto industry trends. The centre will be utilised by research scholars and students for experimentation and testing of their projects and computational studies.
“Innovation is in Valeo’s DNA. Our focused efforts and investments in research and development have led us to become a leading global automotive technology player. In India, Valeo wants to tap into the vast engineering talent pool and their bright minds for innovative ideas that can address the emerging mobility needs across the globe. Our teams are working closely with the students across the country to identify and nurture new ideas to develop workable solutions to address industry-specific needs,” said Ashok Belani, Group President and Managing Director, Valeo India.