Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group has grown with technology over the years. All Group Companies have their own special cells that undertake Research and Development activities from time to time. With an ever-expanding portfolio of automotive products there is a renewed emphasis on Research and Development in the Group. Today our R&D activities span many countries and many products.
In Minda Corporation Ltd., the Group's oldest Company, a dedicated Research Department undertakes research on developing futuristic Mechanical & Electronic Security Systems, Window regulators, Die Casting, Electronic Controllers & Plastic Interiors. This R&D department not only works for its Indian operations but also develops products for its manufacturing companies in Indonesia & Vietnam. The engineers in this department are globally-trained and they also frequently coordinate with the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the various design teams in Spark Minda companies that are stationed in Germany & Japan. Minda Corporation Limited has filed 10 patents on Magnetic Shutter technology and Immobilizers & 2 patents on Plastic interoirs in India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand and Japan.
Minda Schenk Plastic Solutions (MSPS), our benchmarked Group Company in Plastic Interiors, owns the patent to the world-class Skinform Technology. This technology allows the development of plastic components in a manner that provides highly scratch-resistant and leather-like haptic surfaces in plastics. Research in Skinform was begun in MSPS in March 2003 and by June 2003 it went for trials and was eventually introduced in October 2004.