Secretary of State views work to complete £150 million Centre that will help deliver UK Industrial Strategy
The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, visited WMG, at the University of Warwick, on Friday 20th January 2017, taking up an invitation to see for himself the work underway to complete the new £150 million National Automotive Innovation Centre on the University Campus. He also saw the work expanding WMG’s Energy Innovation Centre which provides a one-stop-shop for the development of new battery chemistries to create advanced batteries for the automotive sector.
The National Automotive Innovation Centre is a unique automotive research centre, and the largest facility of its kind in Europe. It will provide high technology automotive manufacturing research that will be of significant benefit in the delivery of the key manufacturing component of the UK’s Industrial Strategy.
The University of Warwick was pleased to welcome the Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP, to the University to visit WMG. As part of their IMC tour the Prime Minister and Chancellor were shown one of the world’s most adaptable and advanced driving simulators, the 3xD Simulator.
The 3xD Simulator is the only of its kind designed specifically to test real-world robustness and usability of smart, connected and autonomous vehicle technology and it will be the centre piece of the Virtual Reality Centre in the National Automotive Innovation Centre.
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya was pleased to welcome Margot James MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, BEIS, to WMG on the 1 September.
Ms James was keen to hear about the breadth of our research and development, including the WMG centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and the impact that this has on the economy. She was also given an overview of our substantial SME programme, working to accelerate productivity and growth in SMEs by applying research-led tools and techniques, building sustainable and collaborative relationships.
Leader of science and innovation in Singapore receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Warwick
The chairman of Singapore’s leading public sector agency for scientific research, technological development, and economic growth has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Warwick.
Mr Lim Chuan Poh, who was appointed Chairman of The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in 2007, received the award with an oration by Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG.
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya was pleased to welcome The Rt. Hon Theresa May MP, Home Secretary, to WMG on 22 June. Professor Lord Bhattacharyya gave an overview of WMG research and development, and the impact that this has on the economy.
Theresa May, was also introduced to Professor Tim Watson, Director of WMG’s Cyber Security Centre. Professor Watson was able to highlight the work of WMG’s fascinating E-CRIME Project which looks to develop an economic model to measure the impact of cybercrime in various industry sectors, managing and deterring cybercrime as well as the need to develop concrete, sector-specific controls and counter-measures.
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya was pleased to welcome Lucy Powell MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education to WMG. Ms Powell was interested to learn more about WMG’s education programmes, particularly how it collaborates with industry to deliver these. After meeting with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Ms Powell was given a tour of the Group’s R&D facilities. Starting in the International Manufacturing Centre’s Engineering Hall with Professor Jennings, where they discussed WMG’s research into smart and connected vehicles.
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills offically opens Energy Innovation Centre at WMG
The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills visited WMG, University of Warwick on Thursday 10th March to formally open the new £50m Energy Innovation Centre, the largest of its kind in Europe.
The Energy Innovation Centre is a centre for world-class innovation for the development of new battery chemistries. It is at the forefront of research, providing guidance and technical know-how in three key areas of Energy Storage; Energy Management; and Complex Electrical Systems.
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya was pleased to welcome Gareth Davies, Director General, Business and Science, at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to WMG. Mr Davies was interested to learn more about WMG’s research, particularly how it collaborates with industry to create innovative products. After meeting with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Mr Davies was given a tour of the Group’s R&D facilities which include the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC).
Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya was delighted to welcome to WMG a senior delegation from the city of Chongzhou, located in Yangtze River delta in China. The delegation, accompanied by the British Consulate in Shanghai, were visiting the Midlands at the invitation of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to develop mutually beneficial economic links.The delegation discussed strategic links between Chongzhou and the Midlands with Lord Bhattacharyya prior to discussions on WMG’s research and education programmes supporting Chinese companies and the WMG Academy for Young Engineers.
Ratan Tata and Cyrus Mistry unveil Foundation Stone of £150 million National Automotove Innovation Centre
17 March 2015
On Tuesday 17th March, Mr Ratan N. Tata (Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons), Cyrus P. Mistry (Chairman of Tata Group) met with Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya the Chairman and Founder of WMG at the University of Warwick and unveiled the foundation stone of the new £150 million National Automotive Innovation Centre on the campus of the University of Warwick.
28 October 2014
The Rt Hon Lord Kenneth Baker, founder of the University Technical College Programme, visited the WMG Academy for Young Engineers in Coventry last week to meet the first cohort of students.
Accompanied by Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, Lord Baker enjoyed a tour of the new school on Friday 24 October and spoke to staff and students.
The Academy, in Mitchell Avenue, opened its doors for the first time in September 2014 to 230 Year 10 and Year 12 pupils.
15 September 2014
On Saturday 13th September, WMG was pleased to welcome His Excellency Ma Kai, Vice Premier of China, along with a delegation of senior officials including Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK, and Sir Sebastian Wood, Britain’s Ambassador to China.
Meeting with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, the Vice Premier and the Ambassadors were interested to understand more about WMG and how the Group develops partnerships with industry and the significant economic benefits of such partnerships. There were also discussions on current WMG collaborations with China and how these can be further developed.
16 July 2014
The University of Warwick and Carnegie Mellon University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a $10 million research and education collaboration.
The two universities intend to work together on research and teaching in data acquisition, analysis and processing for next generation applications. This will bring together Warwick’s expertise in manufacturing and digitally enabled healthcare – including: cybersecurity, energy storage, materials and surfaces and robotics with CMU’s expertise in: autonomous systems, cybersecurity, digital healthcare, machine learning and sensing and data processing. Activities will underpin strategic initiatives at the two universities, including Warwick’s Global Research Priorities and CMU’s Brain initiative, City 21 and Traffic 21 initiatives.
30 June 2014
WMG was pleased to welcome a senior delegation from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) from Singapore on Friday 27th June.
Meeting with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, the group was keen to hear about how WMG develops partnerships with industry and the significant economic benefits of such partnerships. They were also interested to understand the breadth of research undertaken by WMG which leads to the development of innovative products, processes and services.
30 April 2014
WMG was pleased to host a visit from Lord Younger, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Intellectual Property at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Meeting with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Lord Younger was keen to hear about how WMG develops partnerships with industry and the significant economic benefits of such partnerships. He was also interested to understand the breadth of research undertaken by WMG which leads to the development of innovative products, processes and services.
14 April 2014
WMG was pleased to welcome a delegation from the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) on Friday. The delegation was led by The Honorable Dato’ Seri Paduka Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir, Chief Minister of Kedah state in Malaysia, and H.E. Dato’ Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi, the Malaysian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
Meeting with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, the delegation were interested to understand how WMG develops partnerships with industry and the significant economic benefits of such partnerships. They were also interested to understand the breadth of research undertaken by WMG.
18 March 2014
WMG was pleased to host a visit by the Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood.
Meeting with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Sir Jeremy was keen to hear about the breadth of work that the Group undertakes as well as to understand how WMG develops partnerships with industry and the significant economic benefits of such partnerships.
Sir Jeremy, along with members of the Cabinet Office Will Cavendish, Executive Director Implementation Group and Kathy Hall, Deputy Director, Growth Implementation Group, had a tour of WMG’s impressive R&D facilities to then see first-hand the collaborative research the Group is involved in.
24 February 2014
WMG was honoured to host a visit from Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad, former Malaysian Prime Minister, accompanied by Mr Aslam Farikullah, COO Lotus Group and Mr Tajul Zahari Abu Bakar, Director Vehicle Development & Engineering, Proton Holdings Berhad.
Meeting with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya they were interested to understand how WMG develops partnerships with industry and the significant economic benefits of such partnerships. They were also interested to understand the breadth of research undertaken by WMG including developing strengths in composites and nanocomposites.
28 October 2013
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG, at the University of Warwick recently visited the University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) to sign a Memorandum of Understanding which will create a long-term collaboration partnership in research and knowledge transfer.
The agreement will see both universities working to develop collaborative research and development opportunities, by working with companies, in China, Europe and internationally, as well as national funding bodies. This builds on the existing Ministry of Education of China and State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs ‘Top Overseas Professorship’ of WMG’s Professor Sridhar Seetharaman at USTB, to develop a wide ranging research and knowledge transfer collaboration. There will also be jointly supported doctoral research.
28 October 2013
The University of Warwick, WMG and Jaguar Land Rover have agreed, and signed, the Heads of Terms for the construction of the National Automotive Innovation Campus.
The National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) is a unique Research and Development facility for the UK automotive industry. An iconic £100m building will provide an environment that will foster collaboration, cohesion and cross-fertilisation of knowledge. NAIC will provide a national focus for research capability by combining the expertise nationally and internationally from industry, universities, supply chain companies and SMEs. Over 900 staff from academic and industry teams from WMG, Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors European Technology Centre and other partners will work collaboratively on research projects to deliver world-class breakthrough products, processes and services.