More details have been divulged about Jaguar Land Rover’s plans for advanced research and development in the UK. Jaguar Land Rover will be concentrating on a new revolutionary technology, innovation and education centre located in Warwick. The National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) is meant to make a large-scale collaborative research environment that will gather the best minds from the top universities in the UK along with researchers and engineers from Jaguar Land Rover as well as its supply chain, in one multi-purpose, state-of-the-art research facility.
Jaguar Land Rover is the lead partner in the project with an investment of £50 million, together with Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) and the Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE) representing the UK government.
The NAIC, which costs almost £100 million to construct, will start to be built in September 2014 at the University of Warwick. The building will accommodate 1000 academics, researchers, technologists and engineers. The building will have engineering workshops and laboratories, advanced powertrain facilities and the newest advanced design, visualisation and rapid prototyping technologies.
Dr Wolfgang Epple, Jaguar Land Rover’s Director of Research and Technology, will be coordinating the development of the new facility, which will complement Jaguar Land Rover’s product creation centres in Gaydon and Whitley.
Dr Epple’s new board-level role will have him lead Jaguar Land Rover's innovation and advanced research initiatives. He has also been named a Honorary Fellow at WMG. Dr. Epple added that to be at par with its global rivals, the company has to invest in collaboration, innovation, research and education. He believes that its sales success as well as that of the UK economy relies on the engineering and innovation that will occur in NAIC. [source: Jaguar Land Rover]