Jaguar Land Rover invests £1.4m in Warwick automotive research

jaglog300Jaguar Land Rover has announced a £1.4m, five year investment to create a new Chair at the National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) with Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at Warwick University.

The Chair will lead a team working on advanced propulsion systems, said to be essential to enable the UK automotive industry “to embrace and robustly deploy new vehicle technologies and deliver a low carbon future”.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman, and founder, of WMG said, “What we are building with NAIC will be the largest research facility of its kind outside of Germany. Because of the work we have already done at WMG, and the huge reputation we have, has led us to secure this strategic investment, which is needed to assist the UK automotive sector.”

Tony Harper, Head of Research and Advanced System Engineering at JLR said the research was an exciting and important academic challenge which was essential to drive forward the advanced propulsion systems that could power future generations of vehicles.

The £100m NAIC building, which will begin construction in 2014, will be a unique R&D resource for the UK automotive industry, with initial revenue programmes exceeding £45m already committed.

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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