Though exact reason is yet unknown, Pierre Terblanche, 60, Design Director at Royal Enfield has resigned. His resignation comes just 20 months have he assumed this position in November 2014. He was based out of the company’s England office.
Terblanche has worked with companies like Volkswagen and Ducati in the past. He has been instrumental in the designs of bikes such as Ducati Multistrada, HyperMotard and X132 Hellcat Speedster. He has worked closely with Massimo Tamburini of MV Augusta Ducati, Cagiva.
Born in South Africa, Terblanche completed his Masters in Transport Design from Royal College of Art in London. His began his career at the Volkswagen’s advanced design studio in Dusseldorf, Germany from 1986 to 1989 when he designed the VW Golf interiors and also contributed to the design of VW Polo.
Moving on to design for motorcycles, Terblanche joined Ducati Rimini where he, along with Massimo Tamburini worked on restyling the Paso and Ducati 888. His final project with Ducati was the HyperMotard which was showcased at the 2005 EICMA Show. His went on to work for Moto Guzzi where he designed V-12 concept bikes which was conferred Motorcycle Design Association Award for Best Design at EICMA in Milan.
Terblanche’s resignation announcement comes at a time when Royal Enfield is expanding its facilities. The company will be investing INR 600 crores in a new manufacturing plant, product development and in new R&D facilities. The first phase will be ready by September 2017 and will take company’s total annual manufacturing capacity to 900,000 units.
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