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Tata and JLR lays foundation for R&D centre in UK

Snapshot: The National Automotive Innovation Centre will serve as a generator of new skills and new thinking

Of late, Tata Motors have been putting a lot of efforts towards getting the best of technology. Tata Nano and acquisition of Jaguar-Land Rover are a couple of examples how Tata wants to uplift their image and move towards getting the best of technology in-line for the near future. One such recent example is the National Automotive Innovation Centre whose work has just started.

Made in association with Jaguar-Land Rover, the British Government and the manufacturing arm of the University of Warwick, the $200 million R&D Centre is located in the university campus only and will work towards getting the best of innovation in the automotive sector. Once opened in 2017, NAIC will employ some 1000 highly skilled people.

Mr Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Group, Mr Cyrus Mistry, Chairman of Tata Group, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer Dr Ralf Speth and Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman and Founder of WMG laid the foundation stone for the new National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) at the University of Warwick.

Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover's Chief Executive Officer, said "The National Automotive Innovation Centre will serve as a generator of new skills and new thinking, providing a perfect, collaborative environment in which to learn, research and develop the designs and technologies that will shape the vehicles and personal mobility solutions of the future."

The facility spans over 355,000 square feet and will include "workshops, laboratories, virtual engineering suites and advanced powertrain facilities, equipped to enable a full range of design, visualisation and prototyping activities." The NAIC is aimed towards bringing 600 of its engineers, researchers and technologist together with academics and R&D experts.

Though a noble cause from Tata and JLR to bring technology and innovation to the next level, the project will still take some time, but will help the Indian conglomerate to design vehicles if the future.

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