Hero MotoCorp has set up its first research and development centre abroad at Stephanskirchen, Germany. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Hero MotoCorp, the Hero Tech Center Germany GmbH will operate in tandem with the company’s Global R&D hub, the Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Commenting on the new R&D facility, Dr Pawan Munjal, chairman, Hero MotoCorp said, “Setting up of the Hero Tech Center Germany is a realisation of our aspiration to build an R&D eco-system that is spread across global geographies. Ever since Hero began its solo journey in 2011, we have had a clear and focused plan to enhance and strengthen our technological know-how and product development capabilities. We set up the Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur in 2016 and since then, this facility has been designing and developing a range of new mobility solutions for customers across the globe.”
“The Hero Tech Center in Germany will be a source of modern technologies with a focus on the global customer base, thereby further strengthening our R&D capabilities. The Tech Center will also enable us to easily tap into the huge pool of resources readily available across Europe and merge them with our ongoing operations at the CIT.”
To begin with, the Hero Tech Center Germany, which will be under the direct supervision of Dr. Markus Braunsperger, chief technology officer at Hero MotoCorp, will focus on development of new vehicle concepts and future technologies in close cooperation with the teams at CIT in Jaipur. It will also be the epicentre for Hero’s motorsport team – the Hero MotoSports Team Rally – and will facilitate all rally participation activities, including new product development for the Team.