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Jaguar Land Rover to open £100 million research centre

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced that it is to build a £100 million research and development facility in Warwick, which will employ around 1,000 researchers, scientists and engineers. The centre is to be called the National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) and work will begin on the construction in September 2014. JLR says that it will double the size of its advanced research team by the time the centre opens, which is expected to be in 2016.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced that it is to build a £100 million research and development facility in Warwick, which will employ around 1,000 researchers, scientists and engineers. The centre is to be called the National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) and work will begin on the construction in September 2014. JLR says that it will double the size of its advanced research team by the time the centre opens, which is expected to be in 2016. The NAIC will work alongside JLR's existing product creation centres in Whitley and Gaydon, resulting in a large and collaborative research capability across the company.

The NAIC will also bring together leading academics from the country's top universities to work alongside JLR engineers and researchers. The company will also involve its supply chain partners, creating a single, end-to-end approach to automotive research. The news was welcomed by SMMT chief executive, Mike Hawes, who commented: "The UK automotive industry is already world-renowned for its R&D and engineering capabilities, a fact that helps to attract significant investment from global automotive companies. The National Automotive Innovation Campus will help the UK stay at the forefront of automotive innovation, boosting government and industry efforts to enhance the domestic supply chain and manufacturing sectors."

JLR is the lead investor in the project, pumping in £50 million. Other partners include Tata Motors, Warwick Manufacturing Group and the Higher Education Funding Council in England. The facility will include laboratories, workshops and the latest technology for visualisation, design and prototyping. JLR's director of research and technology, Dr. Wolfgang Epple, added: "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. 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 NAIC is the next development in JLR's research strategy and builds on their existing relationship with the University of Warwick. The research at the centre will focus on new developments, such as electric cars and automotive connectivity. The centre will also be available for school children and students doing work in related fields.

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