Shri Anant G Geete today inaugurated a new state of the art and modern test facilities installed

Test facilities of “International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT)”, Manesar Under National autoMotive Testing and R&D infrAstructure Project Inaugurated 

NATRIP has Facilitated intrOduction of Automotive Safety, Emission and Performance Standards in the Country- Anant Geete 

Union Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises (MoHI & PE),  Shri Anant G Geete today  inaugurated a new state of the art and modern test facilities installed as a part of the National Automotive Testing and R & D infrastructure project (NATRiP) at International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), Manesar in Gurgaon district of Haryana.  

Speaking In the august presence of  Shri R K Singh,  JS in the Department of Heavy Industry ;  Shri Sanjay Bandhopadhyaya, CEO & Project Director, National Automotive Testing and R & D Infrastructure Project(NATRiP),   Shri Geete said  the new facilities at ICAT have come up as a part of the initiative from the Govt. of India in form of the NATRiP project. The NATRiP project with was setup in line with the vision of automotive mission plan 2016 ; “To emerge as the destination of choice in the world for design and manufacture of automobiles and auto components with output reaching a level of US$ 145 billion accounting for more than 10% of the GDP and providing additional employment to 25 million people by 2016.”
NATRiP has helped realize this vision in form of an ambitious project for setting up world-class automotive testing and R&D infrastructure in the country to
·         deepen manufacturing,
·         encourage localized R&D,
·         boost exports,
·         and converge India’s unparalleled strengths in IT and electronics with automotive engineering sectors, to firmly place India in USD six trillion global automotive business.


 Shri Geete said NATRIP has facilitated introduction of automotive safety, emission and performance standards in the country which are at par with global standards and fast catching up with the best standards across the globe to ensure seamless integration of Indian automotive industry with the global industry.
He congratulated ICAT for successful installation and commissioning of the various facilities under the NATRiP project catering to the current day and future requirements of the Indian Auto Industry.

The facilities present at ICAT provide the best in class state-of-art capabilities in the country which are at par with the best facilities across the globe. ICAT offers an opportunity to the auto manufacturers to develop, validate and test the products and technologies which will help address the challenges faced by the auto industry in terms of stringent emission norms, increasing concern regarding the emission levels, depleting conventional energy resources and ever increasing customer expectations.
The minister said the automotive industry is about to change drastically due to energy and CO2 discussion, interconnection and automation. This results in new requirements on drive trains and transmissions with regard to efficiency, comfort, dynamics and safety, which in turn lead to a large variety of competing drive and transmission concepts and to a previously unknown wave of innovations for components and assemblies.
Shri Geete  said he is  happy to acknowledge that Indian automotive industry is emerging as the preferred choice of destination for automotive players across the globe. With the “Make In India” initiative of the government, India today is looked towards by all the major global automotive manufacturers as the destination of future.
The Minister also announced the setting up of a National Automotive Board which will encompass all the Seven NATRiP Ceentres spread across the country. A souvenir on NATRiP was also released on the occasion. 
The minister said he would like to share certain facts which are projected for the Indian automotive industry
·       By 2016, India is expected to be the third largest automotive market by volume in the world.
·       Tractor sales in the country are expected to grow at CAGR of 8-9% in the next five years, upping India’s market potential for international brands. Two-wheeler production has grown from 8.5 Million units annually to 15.9 Million units in the last seven years. Significant opportunities exist in rural markets.
·       India’s car market has the potential to grow to six Million-plus units annually by 2020
·       India is currently the seventh largest producer in the world with an average annual production of 23.36 Million vehicles, of which 3.57 Million are exported.
·       The Indian automobile market is estimated to become the third largest in the world by 2016 and will account for more than 5% of global vehicle sales.
·       India is the second largest two-wheeler manufacturer, the largest motorcycle manufacturer and the fifth largest commercial vehicle manufacturer in the world.
The statistics can go on and on, but the underlying message beneath these facts indicates towards the presence of indicators of a healthy growth of the Indian Auto Industry in near future and the years to come.

These trends offer huge risks and equally outsized opportunities for the auto sector. The government is committed to develop India into a dynamic hub for the auto industry with frugal engineering at its core, the minister added.
Shri  Geete highlighted some of the following major initiatives pro-actively taken by the Government of India to promote these trends:
·                 Under the Union budget of 2015-16, the Government has announced to provide credit of Rs 850,000 to farmers, which is expected to boost the tractors segment. The government is aligning to ensure that at least one family member is economically strong to support the family. This is expected to improve the sentiments of entry-level two-wheelers.
·                 The Government plans to promote eco-friendly cars in the country i.e. CNG based vehicle, hybrid vehicle, electric vehicle and also made mandatory of 5 per cent ethanol blending in petrol.
·                 The government has formulated a Scheme for Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles in India, under the National Electric Mobility Mission 2020 to encourage the progressive induction of reliable, affordable and efficient electric and hybrid vehicles in the country.
·                 Also, the well-established Regulatory Framework under the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, plays a part in providing a boost to this sector.

He said it is gratifying to note that the infrastructure setup under the NATRiP initiative such as these excellent facilities at ICAT will significantly facilitate the auto industry by providing services for testing and development requirements, encompassing all the domains of automotive technology, to address the challenges of the current day and help identify best practices and standardize technologies for the future. 
These facilities provide an opportunity for the industry to undertake technology development at comparatively much lesser costs for the auto manufacturers when weighed against with the global automotive development costs. These facilities are setup by the government of India with a vision to provide the essential impetus to Indian auto industry which will help drive it to a position where it will cater not only to the ever-challenging and increasing indigenous demands but also it will be looked upon by the world to provide solutions for globally present challenges in the Auto Industry.
The minister also  congratulated the whole team at ICAT and NATRiP for their meticulous planning and tireless efforts in setting up this excellent centre.  He wished  ICAT a great success and hoped that this centre emerges as one of the leading automotive testing and research centres providing services which are regarded the best not only in India but across the globe. He also wished that ICAT plays a pioneering role in helping the Indian Auto Industry achieve the expected growth and beyond and contribute towards realizing the Indian dream of being a global leader developing mobility solutions of future for all the segments of society.
National automotive testing and R & D infrastructure project (Natrip) project was approved by cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) in July 2005. The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) was set up in 2006 and is the first of the new world class centres  established under the National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP). The Government of India has recognised ICAT as one of the accredited 'Type Approval and Homologation' agencies in India under Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR) 126 and has also been recognized as Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) from Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), since Feb 2010, by BIS for Tyre Testing, Safety Glasses and by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for Emission and Noise testing of Generator Sets.

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