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Jaguar Land Rover to build £100m Warwick research facility

Jaguar Land Rover will open a new technology, innovation and education centre at the University of Warwick in 2016.

Construction on the £100 million National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) will start in 2014.

The new centre will bring academics from the UK’s universities together with researchers and engineers from Jaguar Land Rover and its supply chain, in a single, multi-purpose research facility.

Jaguar Land Rover is the lead partner in the project investing £50m, along with Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group ) and the UK Government’s Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE).

Around 1,000 academics, researchers, technologists and engineers will work in the building, which will feature engineering workshops and laboratories, advanced powertrain facilities and the latest advanced design, visualisation and rapid prototyping technologies.

Dr. Wolfgang Epple, director of research and technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Investing in collaboration, innovation, research and education is vital if we want to be on a par with our international competitors.

"Our future sales success, the success of our global business – and the UK economy – lies in the engineering and innovation that will take place in NAIC."

Jaguar Land Rover expects that it will more than double the size of its advanced research team to 500 people by the time the NAIC opens in 2016.

Antony Harper, Jaguar Land Rover’s head of research, said: “We will announce the details of the specific research projects on which our NAIC research team will collaborate in due course, but these will be long-term, multi-disciplinary challenges – such as electrification, smart & connected cars and Human Machine Interface – which will help us create some key new technologies that will deliver a low-carbon future."



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