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    Fixing its technology deficit after separating from Japanese partner Honda, BM Munjal-owned Hero MotoCorp, India's largest two-wheeler maker by volumes, is building in-house capabilities to make its own engines by teaming up with the world's largest privately-owned engine developer, AVL of Austria.

    Close on the heels of forging a "strategic partnership" with Erik Buel Racing (EBR) of the US for high-end technology, Hero MotoCorp has now roped in AVL to build its "internal capabilities" for new engine development.

    "We have tied up with AVL to develop our in-house capabilities in engine technologies. A team from our R&D division is already in Austria. Our team is also working in close coordination with AVL ITC ( India Technical Centre) based in Gurgaon. The team is working on a few options across motorcycles and scooters," Pawan Munjal, MD & CEO Hero MotoCorp, told ET.

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    Hero MotoCorp to make its own engines, teams up with engine developer AVL - The Economic Times

    Looks like Hero is out on mission mode to fix the gaps, but i'm afraid that they seem to be doing too many things at the same time.
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    Fixing its technology deficit after separating from Japanese partner Honda, BM Munjal-owned Hero MotoCorp, India's largest two-wheeler maker by volumes, is building in-house capabilities to make its own engines by teaming up with the world's largest privately-owned engine developer, AVL of Austria.
    Close on the heels of forging a “strategic partnership” with Erik Buel Racing (EBR) of the US for high-end technology, Hero Moto-Corp has now roped in AVL to build its “internal capabilities” for new engine development.
    “We have tied up with AVL to develop our in-house capabilities in engine technologies. A team from our R&D division is already in Austria. Our team is also working in close coordination with AVL ITC (India Technical Centre) based in Gurgaon. The team is working on a few options across motorcycles and scooters,” Pawan Munjal, MD & CEO Hero MotoCorp, told ET. Its technology tie-up with Austria-based AVL will allow Hero MotoCorp to develop technology for its bread-and-butter 100cc bikes such as Splendor and Passion.

    Looking beyond the Conventional

    The tie-up will also help it take the 150cc CBZ and Hunk to the next level to meet intensified competition from rivals such as Honda and Bajaj Auto in this high-margin segment.
    Also, this new in-house capability would allow Hero to develop engines independently of its estranged partner Honda Motor Company, which currently breeds its entire lineup of bikes and scooters that catapulted it to become the world’s largest two-wheeler maker by sales. The erstwhile partners now compete in the 11-millionstrong Indian two-wheeler market. “We would be developing engines of all sizes to make new products and also refurbish the existing product lines,” Munjal added, specifying that the arrangement with AVL would go beyond making the current portfolio of 100-230cc engines.
    Hero MotoCorp is also looking beyond the conventional. The company is “seriously working on commercialising” the concept hybrid scooter “Leap”, which it showcased at the Auto Expo in Delhi in January.
    The tie-up with AVL (Anstalt fr Verbrennungskraftmaschinen
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    Since parting ways with Honda, Hero MotoCorp has been fast sprucing up its research and development set-up based at its Dharuhera and Gurgaon plants. The company, which currently has around 300 engineers, has been aggressively investing in further enhancing its R&D division, both in terms of infrastructure and people.
    “Gradually we will develop our own full-scale R&D facility to make products for global market on our own. The multiple technology and engineering would leapfrog to the next level even as we internally enhance our R&D to make products for trans-continental markets,” Munjal added.
    Analysts tracking the sector say Indian players stand a fair chance to succeed globally, backed by huge domestic volumes and healthy balance sheets to support their global ambitions. “Most Indian twowheeler companies enjoy inherent low-cost manufacturing advantages coming from hugely depreciated plants along with financially sound business that would help them invest in markets overseas,” Kumar Kandaswami, senior director at Deloitte consultancy, said. “Many have already taken the acquisition route to investment in technology that is expected to meet their needs to churn out globalised products at faster pace.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by vrugonnab View Post
    Looks like Hero is out on mission mode to fix the gaps, but i'm afraid that they seem to be doing too many things at the same time.
    But its good to hear that at least Hero is trying.



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    Quote Originally Posted by payeng View Post
    But its good to hear that at least Hero is trying.

    Considering what we discussed on the other thread, do they have any other option? AVL was actually the easy way out rather than buying all those companies..
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    Quote Originally Posted by antz.bin View Post
    Considering what we discussed on the other thread, do they have any other option? AVL was actually the easy way out rather than buying all those companies..
    Building an R&D team ground up will take time. Both for Bajaj and TVS it has taken them more than a decade to reach their current level of capabilities.

    It will take time for Hero too. But at least they seem to have started the process.




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    This is fantastic news. We can expect some truly pioneering products from Hero rather than the old sticker and paint jobs. If the Ducati acquisition rumor is also true then Hero might have more technology on its hands than they would have imagined. Buell, Ducati and AVL. Nice start there Hero.
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    AVL has previously helped Royal Enfield in developing Machismo 350/500 and first lot Thunderbird engine. Let's see the outcome here.

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