As one of the leading automotive interior specialists, the Grammer Group is known for its innovative and high-quality products. The basis for this are its global research and development (R&D) activities that it has steadily expanded over the last few years under the global Grammer strategy.
With these highly efficient global R&D structures, the Grammer Group is able to compete with its peers in key markets in Europe, Asia and North America and to additionally reinforce its market position with innovative products and technologies.
Grammer is now completing a further important milestone in its R&D strategy. Looking forward, external support services for development projects are to be pooled at a single site and allocated across a small number of specialised development service providers.
For this purpose, Grammer will be establishing a new R&D facility in India under a joint venture forged with an experienced local partner. Based in the city of Pune in western India, where many of Grammer’s customers are located, the new joint technology centre will be handling specialised R&D tasks.
The new joint technology centre will be particularly responsible for R&D activities which are currently being primarily executed by external service providers. The contract for the joint venture is expected to be signed in the third quarter of 2018.
Grammer’s new partner, AllyGrow Technologies, is one of the leading development service providers in the automotive, engineering and aerospace segments. With six facilities around the world, it has some 300 engineers who have been active in India for many years.
“The optimum deployment of R&D resources is of crucial importance for Grammer’s continued successful growth so that the numerous new projects and product innovations can be taken to market swiftly and efficiently. With the establishment of our joint venture in India, we will continue to optimise our development processes under the R&D strategy and substantially improve the efficiency of our global R&D structures,” says Hartmut Müller, Chief Executive Officer of Grammer AG.