TATA Steel is to develop a new automotive proving facility at Rotherham.
The news that Tata and industry partners led by Productiv Limited, will launch a project based on technologies with the ‘potential to transform the vehicles of tomorrow’ has been welcomed by local civic and business leaders.
The facility will enable new low carbon technologies to be tested and developed, prior to utilising these technologies into the mass production of future vehicles.
In addition to Tata Steel, the project’s industrial partners includes manufacturers of automotive power train systems, engines, gas turbines, and turbochargers, working alongside MIRA, the world renowned, independent vehicle engineering consultancy.
The project will begin in early 2013 after its success in procuring money from round one of the Government’s £125 million Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). This exists to create or safeguard over 2,160 jobs supported by approximately £80 million of joint public and private sector investment. The proving factory is one of 11 manufacturing supply chain projects across the automotive, aerospace and chemical sectors.
Mark Broxholme, managing director of Tata Steel’s speciality steels business, said: “We are delighted to play a major role in this exciting collaborative project that together with other technology partners, government and business will enable new low carbon technologies used in the next generation of hybrid and electric vehicles to become a reality and get into production here in the UK.
“We are a company that works within the automotive industry and we’ve partnered with Productiv to help improve manufacturing processes, industrialise emerging green technologies and speed up their introduction into the UK automotive supply chain.”
Councillor Roger Stone, Leader of Rotherham Council added; “It is good to see that another industry-leading research centre will be located in Rotherham. With the world-class facilities we already have at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, demonstrating expertise in advanced manufacturing industries such as aerospace and power generation, the addition of this automotive proving facility further strengths our claim to be the centre of the UK’s advanced manufacturing heartland.”
James Newman, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “I would like to congratulate the Productiv led team on securing funding from the Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative. The new proving factory will join our growing community of advanced manufacturing researchers in the Sheffield City Region and will help to boost further growth in the industry.”