Research centre to focus on “game-changing” innovations

Plans have been unveiled to open a new research centre which it is hoped will offer a further boost to Britain’s booming automotive industry.

The facility will focus on the development of battery technology designed to keep the UK at the forefront of car manufacturing and is expected to create in the region of 100 jobs.

Yesterday, the Business Secretary Greg Clark confirmed that The National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility would be based in Coventry and Warwickshire, well-known for its long-standing links to the car trade.

Around £80million will be pumped into the project, with leading businesses and academics collaborating on the research process.

The ultimate aim is to develop new devices and means of production which will give Britain a competitive edge.

Mr Clark said: “Battery technology is one of the most game-changing forms of energy innovation and it is one of the cornerstones of our ambition, through the industrial strategy and the Faraday Challenge, to ensure that the UK leads the world, and reaps the economic benefits, in the global transition to a low carbon economy.”

Jonathan Browning, chairman of the region’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and a man who has previously held senior roles at car marques including Ford and Jaguar, said: “We are uniquely placed with our links between industry and academia to bring [this facility] to fruition.

“It will continue our push to be world leader in advanced research and manufacturing, especially in the automotive and transport sector.”

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