Tata Technologies, global product engineering and digital services company today announced its plans to scale up its West Midlands operations that will see the creation of around 350 jobs in the region.
The announcement marks a commitment from Tata Technologies’ to develop and leverage the next generation of digital capability and talent in the West Midlands through strategic collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Warwick to establish Centres of Excellence for Cybersecurity, FUSA (Functional Safety for Automotive) and AUTOSAR (Automotive Open System Architecture).
Located in Leamington Spa (Tachbrook Park), Tata Technologies’ state-of-the-art European Innovation and Development Centre (EIDC) serves as the organisation’s European Headquarters delivering engineering and digital solutions across the automotive, aerospace and industrial machinery sectors in European, US and Asia-Pacific markets. It houses engineering support services, two advanced engineering labs and an R&D centre.
This step follows consistent investments being made by Tata Technologies to leverage the talent pool available in this part of the world, in order to engineer competitive products through its EIDC.
The announcement coincides with West Midlands mayor Andy Street’s visit to the site, where discussions centred on Tata Technologies’ pledge to develop a diverse and inclusive workforce in the region, supported by its initiative - Rainbow, driven across the organization. The visit featured a display of the latest technologies in electric and autonomous vehicles being engineered in the West Midlands, which are expected to shape the future of the automotive industry.
Speaking on the occasion, Warren Harris, MD and CEO of Tata Technologies, said:
“Tata Technologies’ European Innovation and Development Centre is a key delivery centre for Tata Technologies Europe and is the biggest centre out of India with approximately 650 employees in the UK. Teams at EIDC are part of some of the biggest innovations that we are delivering for our international customers, and we want to leverage the talent in the West Midlands to engineer the next generation of Electric Vehicles and Aircrafts. Through partnerships with educational institutions, we aim to provide training, resources and job opportunities to individuals looking to enter or advance in these fields while also fostering innovation and growth in the mobility industry. We are delighted to host the West Midlands mayor at our European HQ to discuss our shared ambitions in developing an expert and diverse workforce in the West Midlands.”
Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, said:
“Tata is a globally renowned company and an important employer in our region. Back in November, I had the chance to meet with senior Tata leadership in Mumbai so it’s great to see Tata Technologies recognising the strength of our local - and STEM literate - talent pool with this announcement regarding investment and expansion.”
Neil Rami, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Growth Company, said:
“Tata Technologies operate at the forefront of the industry, innovative digital solutions that are driving the fourth industrial revolution, globally. The continued growth of the firm’s European Headquarters in the West Midlands is a testament to the world-leading, diverse, STEM-proficient talent pool produced by our universities, which is only set to strengthen following Tata Technologies’ landmark announcement today. We are steadfast in building the firm’s presence in the West Midlands, reinforcing our position as the global nexus of industry 4.0. We look forward to our continued partnership with Tata Technologies and demonstrating our shared values.”
The investment follows a trade mission to India organised by the Investment Promotion Agency, the West Midlands Growth Company (WMGC), where strategic discussions with senior Tata Group officials included Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, and focused on the important role of the West Midlands in the Group’s UK growth plans.