COVENTRY University’s new National Transport Design Centre is a ‘world class facility’ that will boost West Midlands manufacturing, claimed local business leaders at a launch event.
The NTDC brings together students, designers and manufacturers with the aim of developing all aspects of transport design for the future.
Manufacturers, designers and local authority leaders attended the Coventry and Warwickshire Automotive Dinner held at the NTDC.
Jonathan Browning, chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The National Transport Design Centre is a world class facility which builds on Coventry and Warwickshire’s strong innovation heritage and is further evidence of the region’s fantastic links between academia and industry.
“We’re delighted to have been able to secure £7 million of funding through the Local Growth Fund to make this exciting vision a reality.
“Not only will the NTDC play a major role in unlocking further growth potential, locally, regionally and nationally. It will be crucial in developing future talent and excellence within the automotive, manufacturing and engineering industries.”
David Wright, Coventry University’s director of strategic initiatives, added: “The NTDC will have a lasting positive impact on the university, but also Coventry, Warwickshire and the wider West Midlands region.
“There is a wealth of design, engineering and manufacturing expertise surrounding us in the Midlands and the NTDC brings those elements together but brings into the mix an academic research component maintaining Coventry’s leading position when it comes to transport design.”