Jaguar Land Rover part of U.K. effort to strengthen automotive engineering capabilities

  • 25-Sep-2013 12:39 EDT

Artist's rendering of the NAIC, for which Jaguar Land Rover is contributing £50 million.

Jaguar Land Rover is the key partner in a "large-scale collaborative research environment" to be created in a new public-private automotive tech center to be constructed at the University of Warwick. With the opening of the National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) in 2016, Jaguar Land Rover will double the size of its advanced research team to about 500 people. Also working at the NAIC will be academics from the U.K.'s leading universities and engineers from some of the OEM's suppliers. In all, about 1000 academics, researchers, technologists, and engineers will work there. A section of the building will be dedicated to education and training. Jaguar Land Rover is investing £50 million in the £100 million project, with additional funding from Tata Motors European Technical Center (Jaguar Land Rover is owned by India's Tata Motors), Warwock Manufacturing Group, and the U.K. federal government's Higher Education Funding Council England. The center will house engineering workshops and laboratories, advanced powertrain facilities, and the latest advanced-design, visualization, and rapid-prototyping technologies. Construction is slated to begin in September 2014. "Creating a new national focus for automotive research and consolidating Jaguar Land Rover's growing research and advanced engineering operations in one center offers us huge potential," said Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, in a press release. "With a critical mass of research capability, we will put the U.K. at the very center of the global automotive industry—with the NAIC at its hub."

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