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The 4th Meeting of the Knowledge-Based Technology and Economics Commission Hosted by Crouse

1.      The meeting of Knowledge-Based Economics Commission for Science and Technology of the Secretariat of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution was held at Plant 2 of the Crouse Manufacturing Company.

2.       At the beginning of the meeting, the Crouse Manufacturing Company management briefly introduced the company since its foundation in 1982; then the members of the Commission visited the company's capacity, production lines and Research and Development unit.

3.      During visit Crouse manager said: "With the onset of sanctions and foreign partner's departure, parts manufacturers came up with the idea that the only way out of this difficult situation was to localize high-tech parts. Due to sanctions and failure to supply parts from overseas, the context and motivation was created for Crouse Part Manufacturing Company to localize high tech parts such as ECU, Airbag Controller (ACU), front amp, multimedia, display panels, body control, etc. and to start mass production of these parts.

4.      During the visit to the research and development Unit, he stated: The Company has tried to use the knowledge and expertise of engineers, students, elites and domestic universities to solve fundamental issues during these years.

5.      Following the visit the members of Commission discussed the topic of the meeting and finally a working group was set up to draft a model for the formation of the National Electric Car Consortium and to examine it for finalization in a half-day meeting with all stakeholders. And if necessary, be submitted to the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution for approval.

The meeting of Knowledge-Based Economics Commission for Science and Technology of the Secretariat of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution was held at Crouse Plant 2 with the presence of representatives of the private sector, companies and government and along with a visit to the production line of this firm.

The fourth meeting of the commission was chaired by Sayyed Saeed Reza Amoli, the secretary of the Cultural Revolution Council with presence of the managers from country's large corporations.

At the beginning of the meeting, the management of the Crouse Manufacturing Company gave a brief introduction of the company since its foundation in 1982 and said: "Crouse, as the largest parts manufacturing company in Iran, has more than 12,000 worker force, most of them are women. Despite all the difficulties, the company continues its development plans, focusing on research and development, with an emphasis on increasing the depth of localization with all its vigor, resulting in local production of many high-tech components within the industry. Crouse also ranked No. 41 among the top 100 companies in the country, and the company is currently supplying parts to automakers in 15 product categories.

After a brief introduction of Crouse Company, members of the Knowledge-Based Economics Commission visited the capacity, production lines, and Research and Development Unit. In this visit brief explanations was given about the production of advanced components such as ECU which its 5th generations is locally produced in the Company.

With the onset of sanctions and foreign partner's departure, parts manufacturers came up with the idea that the only way out of this difficult situation was to localize high-tech parts. Due to sanctions and failure to supply parts from overseas, the context and motivation was created for Crouse Part Manufacturing Company to localize high tech parts such as ECU, Airbag Controller (ACU), front amp, multimedia, display panels, body control, etc. and to start mass production of these parts.

During the visit to Crouse Research and Development unit It was also explained that the company is doing research and development in 6 categories, electronics product, airbags, multimedia, Front Amps, and others. The Company also utilizes the expertise and knowledge of engineers, students, elites and domestic universities to solve fundamental issues during these years. Also, these students and elites can become a permanent workforce in Crouse after familiarizing with the work process and completing training and practical courses after a while.

After the visit, the members discussed the topic of the meeting, and Ibrahim Suzanchi Kashani, deputy of policy making at the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution Science and Technology, said: "The country's automakers have reached the point where after 20 or more years they should strive to design and build their platforms and gain its knowledge; also instead of importing, they should launch their own local platform by using local capabilities. It is the primary responsibility of all authorities to support every car maker who is making new platform. We expect private car makers be able to manage this process and reach this achievement by investment and make their own national car.

Crouse manager mentioned the role of the Company in supplying automotive parts, saying: "Crouse has already had a major impact on the self-sufficiency of two major automakers in the country, with its major localization of part manufacturing. The sanction against our industry has closed all paths to communicate abroad and cut off cooperation with foreign partners. The sanction had a huge impact on Iran. If such sanctions had imposed on for example Germany, with 8 million annual productions, it would have reduced their production to 2 million units, so we must first acquire technical knowledge to overcome the sanctions which requires will and speed of action. It also requires $30-50 million to invest in localize the platform.

Abbas Aliabadi, Managing Director of MAPNA Group noted on Platform localization: "Prior to the sanctions, we failed to achieve platform localization due to inadequate government leadership. In addition, because of the economic justification for producing 1 or 2 million cars per year, automakers must adapt joint platforms to make production economical.

Dr. Amir Hossein Kakai, thanking Crouse for hosting the fourth session of the Technology and Knowledge Base Commission meeting possible said: "We are wrong about having a platform design, BMW as one of the world's largest automakers, having the highest level of technology in the industry, imports 51% of its parts from abroad. We must integrate the innovation ecosystem into the country's automotive industry in the areas of knowledge based science and technology and so on.

In the final section, after presenting the comments and suggestions of the members, Dr. Suzanchi said: "The purpose of these meetings is to establish coordination between the responsible bodies in the field of knowledge-based economy by the secretariat of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution."

He added: "The issue of producing electric car needs a national determination and the field of new technologies is a sensitive area that needs more attention."

"The various sectors involved in the production of electric cars must submit their operational plans," said the deputy of Policy Making at the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution Science and Technology.

After Dr. Suzanchi's remarks, a task force was set up to draft a model for the formation of the National Electric Vehicle Consortium, to be finalized in a half-day meeting attended by all stakeholders and submitted to the High Council for Cultural Revolution for approval if necessary.

The initial members of the working group are Crouse Manufacturing Company, MAPNA Group, Iran Khodro Industrial Group, Ministry of Industry Planning Department, Saba Battery and Defense Research Institute, Transportation Science Department, and the Municipal Bus and Taxi Organization.