IIT Madras partners Japanese manufacturing firms to set up joint research centre

IIT Madras

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has signed Memorandum of Understanding with leading Japanese Manufacturing Firms to establish a Joint Research Cell.

IIT Madras has collaborated with alfaTKG Co Ltd and OKABE Manufacturing Co Ltd for Research and Development (R&D) in manufacturing sector along with other activities.

The MoU will pave way for the cooperation between alfaTKG, IIT Madras and OKABE Co Ltd on areas related to joint research, sponsorship programmes, usages of facilities by each other, and exchange of employees between them, said a statement from the technological institute.

“This collaboration can also pave way for our students to intern in the partner firms in Japan. IIT Madras has incubated startups that are doing amazing work based in IoT and AI that surpass even the big corporates in their technological innovation,” said Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras.

Prof Ramamurthi, Toshio Takagi, President and CEO, alfaTKG, and Hiroaki Okabe, President and CEO, OKABE Manufacturing Co Ltd, signed the MoU in the presence of Prof Ravindra Gettu, Dean (Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research), IIT Madras, Dr Periasamy Thanapandi, President and CEO, alfaTKG Integrated Solutions India Pvt Ltd and others.

Toshio Takagi, President and CEO, alfaTKG, Japan, said, “This is collaboration so important to the SMEs sector, which also uses a lot of Robots and IoT-based solutions. We have to provide the new solutions to the market.”