Tata Motors Limited has announced its long term commitment to advanced research and development in the UK through the participation of its subsidiary, Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), in the National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC).
TMETC will be joined in the NAIC project by its partners, Jaguar Land Rover and the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick. The University campus and is set to become a national emblem of automotive R&D collaboration, innovation and excellence in the UK. The NAIC, who represents a total investment of around £100m, will receive funding from Tata Motors of around £30m, alongside the support of its partners, Jaguar Land Rover, WMG and the UK Government’s Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE). It will be a research hub where people, research and world-leading infrastructure come together for creating technologies with economic benefits and sustained growth. The NAIC will create and develop novel technologies to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and reduce CO2 emissions.
Construction of the NAIC is scheduled to begin in September 2014 and when completed will constitute a major UK automotive R&D asset. The building will have iconic design features, a stylish and innovative working environment, state of the art engineering workshops, powertrain and vehicle engineering laboratories, and the latest advanced design, visualisation and rapid prototyping technologies, tailored to facilitate the research and New Vehicle Concept Development phases of the Tata Motors lifecycle model.