Tata group backs automotive innovation centre at Warwick University

Ratan N. Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, Cyrus P. Mistry, chairman of Tata Sons,  along with Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, chairman and founder of Warwick Manufacturing Group  (WMG) at the University of Warwick, unveiled the foundation stone of the £150- million National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) on the campus of the University of Warwick, on March 17, 2015.
NAIC will be the largest automotive research centre of its kind in Europe. It is funded by Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors, The University of Warwick and the Government’s Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), an official release has said.
The business of Tata Motors in the UK includes the British brands Jaguar Land Rover. Tata Motors will use NAIC to take forward autonomous vehicles research through a £19m Autodrive UK project.
Mistry  said, “This unique resource will provide state-of-the-art engineering and technology labs for the academia and industry to do leading-edge research to deliver innovative automotive technology and products that will be smarter, lighter, and greener. The Tata group shares these objectives to achieve greater sustainability, and is delighted to support their realisation.”
Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG said, “The automotive industry in the UK has seen a recent resurgence, but for the UK to remain internationally competitive we must create urgently a critical mass in research excellence. Our vision is to create NAIC where we link people, research and world-leading infrastructure to create and develop novel technologies’’.
Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Executive Officer, aslo attended the event and said, ” The National Automotive Innovation Centre will help Jaguar Land Rover create key technologies that will deliver new experiences for our customers. It will deliver wider benefits to the UK automotive industry. The NAIC will help develop the skills we need to keep the UK globally competitive.”
The 33,000m2 NAIC complex will provide space for 1,000 engineers, designers and academics to work together, from apprentices to senior managers. Teaching facilities will support the education of tomorrow’s engineers with the Centre being open to students from the WMG Academies for Young Engineers to work on real world applications.
The high-tech research facilities will include a design and simulation space creating innovative automotive solutions, an advanced propulsion research laboratory which will address the national requirement to position the UK as the leading innovator in advanced propulsion systems; the world’s most adaptable and advanced fully immersive drive-in car simulator.
There will be close working on collaborative research projects with the research councils and the department of Business Innovation and Skills.
NAIC will provide a national focus and critical mass of research capability combining expertise nationally, internationally from industry, universities, SMEs and the automotive supply chain. Helping to deliver breakthrough technologies in areas such as carbon reduction, smart and connected vehicles, and advanced propulsion systems including internal combustion engines, hybrid and electric systems.

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