Yamaha Motor Research and Development India (YMRI) has set up its second technical centre in India at an investment of INR 66 crore. Destined to serve as a pillar to the primary technical centre in Surajpur, the new facility is located within Yamaha’s manufacturing facility in Kancheepuram.
The objective of the new facility is to promote optimum utilisation of resources, develop, purchase and do cost innovation. The second unit will also work towards developing cost-sensitive India-specific models and enhance the factory’s manufacturing capabilities.
Facilities at the new Kancheepuram R&D includes prototype testing and validation equipment and a test track that simulates various Indian road conditions. This centre will be working in tandem with the Surajpur facility which was established in February 2013.
Yamaha has been developing a low-cost commuter motorcycle codenamed Project INDRA at its Indian R&D centre. The Kancheepuram centre is expected to handle the test and validation task of this bike. The entry level 100-110 cc bike will have India as its production base and will be marketed in other price sensitive commuter bike markets across the world.
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In the first half of this year, Yamaha India registered an impressive growth of 45% compared to the same period last year. Moving forward, the company is set to develop several India-specific products.