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· Amy Glover

Construction milestone for NAIC

Completion of the external grounds at the National Automotive Innovation Centre, University of Warwick

The National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC), at the University of Warwick, has reached a construction milestone with the completion of the external grounds. NAIC, which will open in Summer 2018, will become the driving force behind the future of the UK's automotive sector. It will be the largest automotive R&D facility in Europe and is a long term commitment between Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) and WMG. 

The occasion was marked on Thursday 12th October 2017 by WMG's Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Jaguar Land Rover's Professor Dr Ralf Speth and TMETC's John O'Connor, along with Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive Leo Quinn and the University of Warwick's Rosie Drinkwater, with a specially engraved stone.

Right to left: Leo Quinn, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Professor Dr Ralf Speth, Rosie Quinn and John O'Connor celebrate the handover of the external grounds at NAIC.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya commented:

The National Automotive Innovation Centre will provide a critical mass of research and development capability combining automotive expertise nationally and internationally in ways that will turn Coventry into the UK's first Smart Motor City and will also significantly contribute to the delivery of the UK's national industrial strategy.

Professor Dr Speth said: 

NAIC will play an important role in shaping future mobility. The finest minds of academia, suppliers and OEMs will work together to define our vision of "destination zero" - zero emissions, accidents and congestions, creating new opportunities out of the forthcoming technology change from ICE to ACE - from the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) to smart mobility with Autonomous, Connected and Electrified (ACE) vehicles. NAIC will provide the inspiring environment. NAIC will be the beacon of smart mobility in the United Kingdom.

The full press release can be found on WMG's website.

When open in Summer 2018, NAIC will house approximately 1,000 scientists, engineers, academics, technicians and support staff working on the automotive technology of the future.

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