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Working collaboratively with business simplifies the transfer of cutting-edge university research to industry, strengthening the UK's technology base.

By working with WMG's world-class academics and engineers you will develop critical technologies as well as having access to state-of-the-art facilities. This can be done without the often prohibitive research costs when working alone.
Research Focus

WMG centre HVM Catapult has chosen to focus on the global challenge of Low Carbon Mobility and in particular two priorities:

  • Lightweight Technologies
  • Energy Storage and Management

These themes were two of the strategic priorities identified by the automotive council: In the absence of any disruptive technologies and assuming only incremental improvements in powertrain and aerodynamics, there needs to be sustained effort to take weight out of vehicles whilst adopting Hybrid/EV technology to meet the current European CO2 emissions targets. A typical midsize passenger car (C/D segment) will have to be reduced in weight by approximately 150kg by 2020 and a further 150kg by 2030.

These priorities are equally important in the technology roadmaps of other transport sectors, the sectors our research covers includes: automotive, commercial (truck and bus) off-road (agriculture and construction), rail, aerospace and marine.

Whilst we cover all technology readiness levels (TRLs) our main focus is on TRLs four to six. These levels are sometimes called the 'valley of death' reflecting the difficulty of getting a good research idea or new technology through development and into the market.

Research Challenges to be Addressed
  • Performance optimisation
  • Systems integration
  • Real world usage
  • Customer acceptance
  • Cost reduction
  • Innovative manufacturing processes
  • Supply chain development including skills

The WMG centre HVM Catapult receives core funding from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) which is used to support strategic research and facilitate collaborative working with industrial partners. The core funding is matched with contributions from private sector partners and by public/private collaborative R&D funding won competitively from other sources including the TSB, UK Research Councils and the EU. This funding model ensures the WMG centre has the critical mass of people and equipment to make a real difference in the chosen areas of research and to grow over time to be an undisputed national centre of excellence with global influence.


Our Research Sectors



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