Jaguar Land Rover revealed details about its future research facility at Warwick University

Jaguar Land Rover to double its UK-based research team

Jaguar Land Rover will employ 500 researchers and engineers in the future National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC), doubling the size of its research team.

The team, set up to drive innovation in various areas, including electric cars and vehicle connectivity, will be based at the future NAIC facility at the Warwick University in central England.

"These collaborative research programmes will harness the best of UK engineering innovation, and with the extra capability the NAIC gives us, you can expect the number and range of new, fresh innovative ideas that we patent, and then take to production in the future, to increase significantly," said JLR's head of research Antony Harper.

The NAIC project, announced last year, will employ some 1,000 academics and engineers. Its construction will commence in September 2014 and it is expected to start its operation in 2013.

Jaguar Land Rover itself will invest £50 million into the NAIC project with the remainder coming from Tata Motors’ European Technical Centre, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG)and the government's Higher Education Funding Council.

The facility will feature engineering workshops and laboratories, advanced powertrain facilities and the latest advanced design, visualisation and rapid prototyping technologies.

The development of the new facility, which will complement Jaguar Land Rover's product creation centres in Gaydon and Whitley, will be co-ordinated by Dr Wolfgang Epple, Jaguar Land Rover's Director of Research and Technology.

"Investing in collaboration, innovation, research and education is vital if we want to be on a 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,” Epple said.

"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." 

The development of the NAIC project is the next stage in Jaguar Land Rover's long-term research strategy and builds on the success Jaguar Land Rover has enjoyed as part of its long-standing relationship with WMG at the University of Warwick.

Nearly 200 Jaguar Land Rover researchers and engineers are currently based at WMG, collaborating with university experts on a number of projects.

Antony Harper, Jaguar Land Rover's Head of Research, said: "We will announce the details of the specific research projects on which our NAIC research team will collaborate in due course, but these will be long-term, multi-disciplinary challenges - such as electrification, smart & connected cars and Human Machine Interface - which will help us create some key new technologies that will deliver a low-carbon future.

"As well as the skills and knowledge that will be developed within these research projects, NAIC will have a key role in developing the skills of school children and engineering students, who will be able to use NAIC's laboratories and a dedicated engineering education facility.

Dr. Wolfgang Epple added:  "Economic growth can only be sustained if we and our suppliers can find the right quality and quantity of skilled people.  We need to ensure that we are inspiring people to consider engineering and encourage a passion for science, technology and maths from a young age.

"The NAIC will become a centre of training and skills to help ensure we have enough young people wanting to develop a career in engineering and manufacturing. NAIC will also play a key role in nurturing the next generation of engineers and technologists."

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