Premier Automotive Group Named Partner In New Research And Development Facility At Warwick University

Bob Dover, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar and Land Rover

The Premier Automotive Group - Ford Motor Company’s premium vehicle business group made up of UK-based Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover together with Sweden-based Volvo – was today named as a partner in the University of Warwick’s new £70 million International Automotive Research Centre.

This collaboration between the Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University and the Premier Automotive Group, focused around Land Rover and its West Midlands supply base, has developed and put forward proposals for the establishment of a centre of excellence to the region’s development agency, Advantage West Midlands. Today, Advantage West Midlands announced its backing of the proposals and committed development and financial support to the centre over the next four years.

Based in an existing University campus facility that is to be completely refurbished, the Warwick Manufacturing Group will provide a centre of excellence for training, research, development and supply chain development for the UK’s premium automotive vehicle sector. To achieve this, project-specific learning and technology transfer programmes will be developed and made available to the industry’s leading engineers, keeping the premium automotive sector supply chain abreast of the latest manufacturing techniques and best practice implementation.

Chairman and Chief Executive of Jaguar and Land Rover, Bob Dover, said: "Warwick Manufacturing Group is one of the invaluable partners delivering not just a centre of excellence for technology transfer, but also the right people – a stream of first rate, outstanding engineers whose skills help keep the industry at the forefront of technology."

Published : 06/04/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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