Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled details of its future plans for advanced research and development in the UK, which will now be focused on a new, cutting-edge technology, innovation and education centre in Warwick.
National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) construction begins in September 2014 and the facility will open in 2016 as Jaguar Land Rover will double the size of its advanced research team.
The development of the new facility, which will complement Jaguar Land Rover’s product creation centers in Gaydon and Whitley, will be coordinated by Dr Wolfgang Epple, Jaguar Land Rover’s director of research and technology.
Dr Epple said: “Investing in collaboration, innovation, research and education is vital if we want to be on 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.
“Creating a new national focus for automotive research and consolidating Jaguar Land Rover’s growing research and advanced engineering operations in one centre offers us huge potential. With a critical mass of research capability, we will put the UK at the very centre of the global automotive industry — with the NAIC at its hub.”
NAIC is designed to create a large-scale collaborative research environment. It will bring academics from the UK’s leading 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, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) and the UK Government’s Higher Education Funding Council England.