Chairman of Tata Sons visits WMG
Mr Chandrasekaran was very interested to see for himself some of the projects that WMG and Tata companies are collaborating on, and to understand the breadth and depth of WMG’s research, education and technology transfer activities.
To bring these to life, he was given a tour of WMG’s Energy Innovation Centre, which is going through significant expansion, and will see WMG to continue to provide a unique facility for industry and academia to develop innovative energy storage technology. Mr Chandrasekaran also visited the Advanced Steels Research Centre and the International Manufacturing Centre where the focus was on light weighting, metrology and intelligent vehicles. As well as hearing from the Institute of Digital Healthcare.
Mr Chandrasekaran was keen to see the significant investment in automotive research, at WMG, and along with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, had a tour of the National Automotive Innovation Centre and was delighted to see the progress in its construction. The Centre, which is a long-term commitment between Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors European Technical Centre, WMG and the University of Warwick, is a unique resource and the first of its kind in Europe, providing an environment to foster collaboration, cohesion and sharing knowledge, combining automotive expertise nationally and internationally.
WMG welcomes Professor Sir Mark Walport
WMG was delighted to welcome today, accompanied by Dr Rupert Lewis, Director of the Government Office for Science.
Sir Mark had the opportunity to discuss science, engineering and wealth creation innovations from WMG and how WMG works side-by-side with industry to enable the creation and delivery of innovative new products, processes and services. After meeting with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, he undertook a tour of WMG’s world-class research facilities, including the International Manufacturing Centre and the Energy Innovation Centre.
He learned more about the work in Intelligent Vehicles, including our state-of-the-art ‘3xD Inside the 3xD Simulator for Intelligent Vehicles Simulator for Intelligent Vehicles’ and our work with local partner RDM to explore and evaluate driverless pods. As well as seeing the expansion of our Energy Innovation Centre with our electric vehicle research; and showing how digital healthcare and cyber security research are translating fundamental scientific research at WMG into implementation in industry, healthcare and the service sector.
Commenting on the visit, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya said: “It was a great pleasure to be able to show Sir Mark the impact that WMG’s research has on industry, and society, so he could see first-hand the research projects we are working on.”
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya has been appointed a trustee on the board of the Baker Dearing Education Trust.
Lord Baker and Lord Dearing created the Baker Dearing Educational Trust in 2007 to develop and promote University Technical Colleges (UTCs).
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya has already played an integral role in the development of two University Technical Colleges – the WMG Academies for Young Engineers in Coventry and Solihull. The two state of the art learning campuses cater for students from Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull, and Birmingham.
Starting his career as a graduate apprentice at Lucas Industries, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya became Britain's first ever Professor of Manufacturing. Throughout his career he has been a passionate advocate for engineering innovation and the revival of British industry.
A minute into the interview with Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, it is evident that he believes Britain’s decision to leave the European Union is not the Armageddon for engineering and industry that many people feared.
The chair and founder of Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) speaks with the near blasé assuredness of someone who has witnessed huge change in Britain and who is focused on goals that are even more long term than our membership of a supranational bloc. “The world is much bigger today. How do we explore other markets? India is one of the biggest investors in the world. There is a lot of love for the UK in India,” said the eminent engineer and pro-Remainer. “You have to get on with it. I am a pragmatist,” he added, pointing out that EU competition laws have complicated and delayed decisions by some multinationals to invest in Britain.
The Observer, 24 April 2016
The man overseeing the rebirth of Britain’s motor city is Lord Bhattacharyya, who founded WMG in 1980 and is an adviser to Tata, helping to broker its takeover of JLR in 2008. “JLR is now next door, there are suppliers coming here, and there may be one or two other car companies who might be here,” he explains. “I want it to be very similar to Stuttgart, or Munich, or Michigan. Coventry city council is very cooperative in doing that, which is a central factor...
Bhattacharyya says such an industrial renaissance would require strong infrastructure, impressive R&D facilities, and a wide collection of suppliers. “You don’t put a motor city in the desert,” he says. “Motor city means you have facilities for the skill base, facilities for infrastructure, facilities for easy planning. There are all sorts of things you need.”
WMG, at the University of Warwick, has been bestowed the prestigious Regius Professorship in Manufacturing by Her Majesty the Queen.
Receiving the title of Regius Professor is a rare honour, and WMG has been granted this for its academic research in driving growth and improving productivity.
The creation of Regius Professorships falls under the Royal Prerogative, and each appointment is approved by the Queen upon ministerial advice.
The National Rainbow Bridge Award is a special prize for promoting the friendly cooperation between Chinese people and people from other countries. It will be awarded annually to an expert who has made outstanding contributions to cooperation in the fields of education, science and technology, and culture between China and countries around the world. Professor Lord Bhattacharyya was presented with the Award at a special ceremony as part of the 2015 China Annual Conference for International Education.
Times Higher Education
Leading universities should work with employers to develop apprenticeships linked to cutting-edge research which would drive economic growth in high-skilled industries such as aerospace, nuclear energy and automotive manufacturing. According to the report published on 11 March, “The Future of Higher Vocational Education”, this would entail a rethinking of leading universities’ admissions criteria, to recognise the potential of students holding BTEC qualifications. It would also necessitate a change in teaching methods, with an emphasis on lab-based teaching, mentoring, projects and work placements.
New Statesman, 06 May 2016
If you measure business success by newspaper headlines, you'd get the sense that British manufacturing is uncompetitive and underperforming. The reality is very different. Our manufacturing industry employs two and a half million people. It's a forward-thinking sector too - paying for almost 75% of business innovation.
Manufacturing is the most export-intensive part of our economy, so success demands high productivity and outstanding products. You need a skilled, motivated workforce to do well, which is why manufacturing jobs pay the average employee £4,000 a year more than the service sector.
Two major investments in the automotive industry in Coventry will create world class facilities for the automotive industry in a resurgent “Motor City” Coventry, and both will be built in the year that will mark 120 years of motor manufacturing history in the City. The first British motor car was made in Coventry in 1897 by The Daimler Motor Company Limited but the company that is playing a central role in Coventry’s resurgence as a “Smart Motor City” is Jaguar Land Rover who is key to two major motor developments in the city both of which will be complete, or well underway, by 2017.
Coventry is undergoing a resurgence placing it at the heart of the rebirth of Britain’s car manufacturing industry, emulating the successes of the past. The City will be key to the future of the country’s economic success.
The City, once again, is becoming known as the UK’s Smart Motor City – thanks to Jaguar Land Rover and its incredible growth since Tata bought the company in 2008.
WMG Chairman, and founder, Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya kt, CBE, FREng, FRS joined Mr Ratan Tata GBE, Chairman Emeritus Tata Sons Ltd, to take the Oath of Freemen of the City of Coventry and sign the Roll of Honour during a ceremony at Coventry Cathedral on Friday 25th September 2015. Honorary Freedom of the City is the highest award that Coventry can bestow upon a person and only 13 people have been given this award since 1914. Mo Mowlam was the last person to receive it in 1999.
Commenting in the Sunday Times (13 September), Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG, University of Warwick, says the neglect of technical education over the past decades means we lag our biggest competitors and success depends on understanding business needs.
He says “A highly skilled workforce is the key to creating virtuous circle where productivity improvement spurs increased investment which in turn drives productivity growth. The neglect of technical education over past decades means we lag our major competitors.
Unless skills training is given and funded by industry, it will be poorly targeted. We (WMG) succeed because we focus on understanding business needs, offering research and education that is both academically excellent and industrially relevant.
WMG Chairman and Founder, Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, has been recognised in the Coventry Telegraph Business Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award was presented at the Coventry Telegraph Business Awards ceremony on Friday (19 June) at the Ricoh Arena.
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises Professor Lord Bhattacharyya’s contribution and the key role he has played in enhancing the region’s long-standing reputation for research and innovation in the automotive sector. The establishment of WMG and now the National Automotive Innovation Centre keeps the region at the forefront of the development of new technologies, all in collaboration with the motor industry. He also played a major role in securing thousands of jobs by helping to broker Tata Motor’s purchase of Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford. Now Jaguar Land Rover is stronger than ever, providing thousands of jobs for people in Coventry and Warwickshire and investing billions in research and development.
Ceremony at Coventry Cathedral to bestow Honorary Freedom of the City of Coventry on Professor Lord Bhattacharyya and Mr Ratan Tata, 25 September 2015
The renewal of industry in Coventry came from the efforts of thousands of people. That’s why we’re seeing the huge investment in Whitley, once more making Coventry a world leader in automotive design.
That's why we at WMG will be the home of British automotive innovation. We have seen already how this innovation attracts others, from manufacturers to entrepreneurs and scientists.
Royal Society Proceedings article
This paper reviews the changing nature of research underpinning the revolution in the automotive sector. Legislation controlling vehicle emissions has brought urgency to research, so we are now noticing a more rapid development of new technologies than at any time in the past century. The light-weighting of structures, the refinement of advanced propulsion systems, the advent of new smart materials, and greater in-vehicle intelligence and connectivity with transport infrastructure all require a fundamental rethink of established technologies used for many decades—defining a range of new multi-disciplinary research challenges. While meeting escalating emission penalties, cars must also fulfil the human desire for speed, reliability, beauty, refinement and elegance, qualities that mark out the truly great automobile.