Warwick & Tata Motors Showcase Partnership with UK Premiere of TATA PIXEL Concept Car
The University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) and Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors of India, are celebrating more than 5 years partnership at the University of Warwick campus by showcasing their collaborative research work in automotive technology with a focus on Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Research and Development.
Tata’s Tata Pixel concept car, fresh from its appearance at the Geneva Motor Show 2011, is to make its first public appearance in the UK on Monday 28th March. Its appearance at the University of Warwick will be a backdrop to a unique and one-off opportunity for journalists to meet the leadership teams of Tata Motors European Technical Centre and their research partner WMG at the University of Warwick.
Tata Motors has invested over £85M in automotive R&D at TMETC since it was established on the WMG Campus in 2005. TMETC , brings together 240 engineers, with extensive experience in automotive research, design and development, to work alongside WMG, researchers in Low Carbon Technology collaborative programmes.
Tata Motors European Technical Centre, a centre of excellence in Electric Vehicle technology for Tata Motors, will showcase the Vista EV that is soon to be launched in the UK. WMG and Tata will present examples from their collaborative research, including the Government sponsored Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Programme (LCVTP).
Nick Fell Director of the Tata Motors European Technical Centre said
“WMG and TMETC are building on the 5 year successful partnership to further grow TMETC’s presence at the University of Warwick. We are already a strong team of 240 engineers and researchers working alongside WMG colleagues, with 60 of these hired over the last 12 months due to increased R&D investment. We plan to further increase our team on the campus by up to 100 over the next 2 years, and we are discussing establishing test and development facilities here. This shows our commitment to build and develop our R&D and facilities here in the UK in collaboration with WMG for the longer term.”
Dr Tim Leverton, Head of Advanced and Product Engineering at Tata Motors Limited said
“TMETC plays a vital role in Tata Motors global R&D network. Tata Motors gets access to world class thoughts, skills and technologies through the TMETC and the collaboration with WMG. The contribution of TMETC and WMG is important to Tata Motors’ becoming an international company.”
WMG Director Professor Lord Bhattacharyya said:
“Technology businesses such as Tata are crucial working to us solving global challenges that will require new thinking energy, climate change related technologies. Tata’s work alongside WMG will meet those challenges and will even lead the field in new low carbon technologies. I am delighted to have this chance to share some of the leading edge work we are doing and to do so standing alongside Tata’s Pixel concept car – a clear symbol of both Tata’s current technological prowess and its future aspirations.”
The event will take place in The University of Warwick’s’s WMG International Digital Laboratory at 10.00am on Monday 28th March. NB formal presentations start at 10.30 but there will be interview opportunities for press arriving at 10am. Tata and WMG engineers will present some of their latest work – particularly in low carbon technologies – and then will be available for one to one interviews on their work. Tours and filming opportunities will be available of WMG’s labs and a range of Tata vehicles will be on display including the Pixel concept car in its first UK outing.