Tata Motors Commits to Long Term R&D in the UK

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Tata Motors, (which is imported into Australia by Fusion Automotive) has confirmed the participation of its subsidiary, Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), in the National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) based at Warwick University.

Joining Tata Motors in the NAIC project are partners, Jaguar LandRover and the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG).

The NAIC, which represents a total investment of around £100m, will receive around £30m (AUD$54.3M) in funding from Tata Motors.

Construction of the NAIC commences September 2014 and when completed will have state-of-the-art workshops, powertrain and vehicle engineering laboratories, as well as the latest advanced design, visualisation and rapid prototyping technologies.

It will be a research hub where people, research and world-leading infrastructure come together for the creation of technologies that will significantly enhance Tata Motors’ future product innovation and development.

Dr Tim Leverton, head of advanced engineering and product development for Tata Motors, said: “This investment constitutes the next step in Tata Motors’ strategy to develop world-class products for its global customers and TMETC plays a significant role in that plan. Our teams in India and in the UK complement each other in academic excellence and product experience, and we see the UK as a global hub for innovative and low carbon automotive technologies, which will benefit our customers.”

Nick Fell, director and head of TMETC, said: “We are delighted by Tata Motors’ decision to invest in this superb facility, and the trust in TMETC and UK capability that it represents. We greatly look forward to working with our collaborative partners and the Tata Motors teams from this world-class base.”

“The decision by Tata Motors to invest in the NAIC has galvanised our teams and will be repaid by our contribution to Tata’s future products, as well as to the automotive R&D scene in the UK. TMETC has become a well-established long-term employer for automotive talent in the UK and the NAIC will reinforce its commitment to developing young engineers and apprentices through its recruitment and training programme, closely linked to the WMG Academy for Young Engineers.” added Mr Fell.

The TMETC will open in 2016 and house over 1,000 world-class engineers and scientists.

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