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Tata Motors-owned JLR to build Rs 100cr research centre in the UK

Team OD  | Updated: September 26, 2013, 05:34 PM IST

Tata Motors-owned British automaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has allocated 100 million pounds (approximately Rs 1001 crore) to build a research and development (R&D) centre in the UK to create next-generation vehicle technologies. The National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) will be based at Warwick University and will generate new ideas for future technologies pertaining to electric cars, vehicle connectivity and human machine interface designs.

Half the amount (roughly Rs 500 crore) towards NAIC will be invested by JLR, since they are the lead partner in the project, while the remaining investment will come from Tata Motors European Technical Centre, Warwick Manufacturing Group and the British government's Higher Education Funding Council.

JLR-investmentConstruction of the new centre is due to start in September next year.

Jaguar Land Rover has announced that over 1,000 engineers and academics will pursue R&D work at the new centre. Currently, around 200 researchers and engineers of the organisation are based at the Warwick University. The NAIC is hoping to attract the interest of young students into engineering and working in that field.

JLR's head of research, Antony Harper, said, "These collaborative research programmes will harness the best of the 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."

Once operational, the facility will have laboratories and workshops related to various facets of design, visualisation and powertrain elements.

Construction of the new centre is due to start in September next year and JLR wishes to inaugurate it by 2016.

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