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Warwick to host National Automotive Innovation Campus

08 October 2012

A £92m National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) is to be established at the University of Warwick, with government and private sector funding.

The government, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) will invest £92 million in the creation and operation of NAIC at the University of Warwick. JLR and TMETC, working closely with WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) at the University of Warwick, envisage a ten times return on investment through increased value added from exploitation of research outputs in new and improved products, processes and services.

NAIC will create and develop novel technologies to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and to reduce CO2 emissions. In addition to other work on the latest advances in automotive technology, it will also develop a stronger supplier base in the UK.

It will also address a shortage of skilled R&D staff in the automotive supply chain, creating a pipeline of people into companies nationwide, including the creation of many apprentices in specific areas of vehicle technology. This new initiative aligns with the recently announced WMG Academy which will be providing vocationally focused education for 14 – 19 year olds seeking a career in engineering and technology sectors. 

WMG chairman and founder Professor Lord Bhattacharyya 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 the National Automotive Innovation Campus where we link people, research and world-leading infrastructure to create and develop novel technologies. 

NAIC will be an ‘engine’ for economic growth, with wide economic benefit, and sustained growth from the creation of world-leading technologies. It will enable academic and industry teams to work together in state of the art buildings, with tailored equipment and digital solutions to create and integrate breakthrough technologies with a whole system approach crossing multiple disciplines.”

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