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AUSTIN ROVER is to set up a £5m engineering research centre in a joint project with the University of Warwick.
The new facility, called the Austin Rover Advanced Technology Centre, will be used to develop light vehicle technology including light commercials, and in particular in their design and manufacture.
The centre will be built on the university campus a mile from Austin Rover's existing engineering research complex at Canley near Coventry (CM, August 11, 1984), and will be run jointly by Austin Rover and the university's manufacturing systems engineering group headed by Professor Kumar Bhattacharyya.
As well as working for Austin Rover, the centre will also undertake research on a contract basis for other companies.
A core staff of around 15 graduates and technicans backed up by additional graduates on short-term contracts will carry out all research work.
Austin Rover expects the new centre to become operational later this year.
Austin Rover and the university have already established the Austin Rover Group Teaching Company.