Tata Motors announced it will be investing heavily in its UK Research and Development (R&D) centre through its subsidiary Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC). The company is betting big on the new R&D centre that will be a crucial milestone in the company’s commitment to advanced research and development. The centre will be built in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover and the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) in the National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) at the University of Warwick.
The NAIC represents a total investment of 100 million pounds of which Tata Motors will be investing 30 million pounds with support from their partners Jaguar Land Rover, WMG and the UK Government’s Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE). The R&D centre will house over 1000 engineers and scientists. The NAIC will create and develop technologies to reduce CO2 emissions and dependency on fossil fuels. NAIC will provide world class tools and facilities and will enable cutting edge collaborative research as well as a central focus for automotive innovation to Tata Motors and its partners. The centre will also pursue academic teaching at the University of Warwick.
The construction of the NAIC will commence in September 2014 and when completed will host state of the art engineering workshops, powertrain and vehicle engineering laboratories, the latest advanced design, visualisation and rapid prototyping technologies that will contribute to the development of the next generation of vehicles that are to be introduced by Tata Motors. The centre will also facilitate in the faster development of new vehicle concepts.
The NAIC centre has also shown the possibility of collaborating with other academic institutions and industrial partners in the UK and internationally in future. The TMETC has been instrumental in the development of Tata’s current lineup of cars. Tata aims to create better products on a global scale with inputs from the NAIC in the future. Expect the company to take considerable inputs from NAIC for developing the third generation Indica and Indigo.