The transport industry is a vital part of the national economy. There is now cause for concern of vehicle pollution and conventional fuel. The UK has a strict government target to reduce CO² emissions for road transport by 2050.
Vehicle manufacturers and connected supply chains have been accelerating their long-term development to shift towards ultra-low emission vehicles.
Grow your business in Warwickshire
Warwickshire is a global hot-spot of automotive excellence. The area is an established leader in low carbon technologies with specific expertise in electric batteries, hybrid-electric, hydrogen fuel cells and energy storage, powertrain, system integration, lightweighting and manufacturing.
Warwickshire is known for having accessibility to local research centres and universities who support businesses with the development of low carbon technologies. Within these four R&D centres, you can access a large cluster of education and training centres specific to engineering.
In and around Warwickshire you will find premium OEM brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin and Geely London Taxi and Detroit Electric. The area boasts a large network of local suppliers dedicated to the automotive sector including Bosh, Ricardo, Arrk, Drive Systems and Lightning Hybrids, including vehicle design and consultancies.
Research & Development
The West Midlands region accounts for 20% of all automotive production in the UK and has a high concentration of suppliers. There has been significant investment in R&D facilities to support the growth of low carbon technologies within the region.
Our impressive research centres support many businesses to advance their research, provide a test-bed and increase adoption of low carbon technology.
- HORIBA MIRA provides extensive engineering expertise in HEV systems, powertrain systems, thermal management, weight reduction and aerodynamics along with impressive testing facilities and a specialised proving ground. In addition MIRA Technology Park is Europe’s fastest growing transport focused centre, attracting OEMs and tier 1s from across the globe, including Changan, Bentley and Toyota. It’s the ideal location for engineering companies wanting to advance their research and development on-site.
- The Energy Innovation Centre part of Warwick Manufacturing Group, at The University of Warwick, has extensive research facilities and expertise in lightweighting, powertrain, systems integration and advanced propulsion technologies.
- The Manufacturing Technology Centre offers an environment for development and demonstrates new manufacturing and component systems to support the production of low carbon technology.
- The Advanced Propulsion Centre is a government initiative designed to support the UK’s position in developing and advancing the next generation of propulsion technology, including vehicle lightweighting. The centre issues funding to encourage collaborative projects between industry and academia focusing at the higher end of the technology, readiness level 6-8, aiming for commercialisation.
- National Low Carbon Centre (NLCC) at Stoneleigh Park is a centre of excellence for the UK Low Carbon sector. The NLCC stimulates and encourages the transition to a low carbon economy and demonstrates innovative processes and emerging technologies. The Centre has partnered with three leading Midlands universities Coventry, Aston and Birmingham.
Companies registered in the UK can receive part-funded grants to help support business activity and progress research and development activity.
Skills and Training
Warwickshire and local areas are well served by local schools, colleges and universities all teaching engineering, mathematics and science based subjects.
- 54,000 Students studying at the University of Warwick and Coventry University. Both universities have strong links to advanced engineering
- Over 100,000 graduates per year from 15 Universities within a 1 hour drive of Coventry and Warwickshire.
- The WMG Academy for Young Engineers for 14-18 year olds is led by businesses and a University.
- The MIRA Academy supports engineering skills for MIRA Technology Park staff in association with 4 local universities and colleges
- Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre delivers a range of training and experience on real-life projects – from apprenticeship programmes to executive level training.
- Institute for Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering – A joint Unipart Manufacturing Group and Coventry University brings together the best in academia, industry and R&D in a ‘live’ manufacturing environment, developing industry-ready engineering graduates
How we can help you
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