The International Centre for Automotive Technology (iCAT) has launched an online system to speed up the certification process for new vehicles to be launched in India.

The online system will enable users to download the latest specification formats applicable to all categories of customers, ranging from original equipment manufacturers and importers to component, engine and genset manufacturers.

“I am sure that deployment of the online certification system will not only enhance transparency but also will boost customer satisfaction,” Heavy Industries Secretary B.S. Meena said after opening the online certification system here on Friday.

“This year, four R&D projects have been approved by the Department of Heavy Industries, to be carried out by iCAT in line with the roadmap of the Automotive Mission Plan 2016,” he said.

“The online system will reduce processing time to 45 days from 70 days. This will also lead to reduced paper work,” said Dinesh Tyagi, Director of Manesar (Haryana)-based iCAT, a semi-government agency set up to provide state-of-the-art testing, R&D and validation services to the northern hub of the automotive industry.

The $1 million system would support processes such as tyre approval, conformity of production and R&D projects related to vehicles, engines and components. iCAT is also setting up another centre for NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) testing, he added.

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