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A planning application which could pave the way for the development of a new low carbon technology centre in Coventry where car manufacturers will test the next generation of engines has been given the green light.

The project is led by Coventry University and German vehicle systems manufacturer FEV, which are in talks regarding a potential strategic collaboration. To read more click here

250 jobs to be created as JLR expands further

JLR’s special vehicle operations division is to create 250 jobs in the next six months following today’s launch of its technical centre near Coventry. To read more click here

Manufacturers need to “wake up” on driverless cars

UK automotive manufacturers need to act now or miss out on a potential £51bn industry. To read more click here

Britain manufacturing faces fourth industrial revolution

The fourth industrial revolution has already started, combining digital and new materials in ways that are set to transform manufacturing towards “mass customisation” of products. To read more click here

Warwick-born electronics business sold in major European deal

A UK electronics company featuring intellectual property licensed from the University of Warwick is being acquired by an Austrian semi-conductor manufacturer. The company’s products are used in the automotive, industrial, medical, and consumer markets. To read more click here

Transport design centre set for Coventry University

A multi-million pound centre of design excellence to support UK innovation in the transport industry is set to be built at Coventry University. To read more click here

£7m expansion of Enterprise Zone begins

West Midland Enterprise Zone MIRA Technology Park has started work on the latest phase of its expansion programme. To read more click here

GKN to bring supercar tech to the mass market

GKN Driveline has revealed it is working on transferring its hybrid technology from super sports cars into affordable models. To read more click here

Thompson plays key role in auto and aerospace parts project

BLACK Country friction welding specialist Thompson has played a key role in a research project to develop advanced manufacturing processes for the production of aerospace and automotive parts.

The two-year study, supported by Innovate UK, not only explored the solid state bonding of new and dissimilar materials, but also the joining of primary assemblies. To read more click here


Bullet Features at Santander Breakthrough Event

The ‘Santander Breakthrough Moments Box’ is coming to Wolverhampton for a five-day festival of events aimed at helping businesses with ambition.

Taking place at the home of the Wolverhampton Wanderers, inside the Molineux Stadium, Susan Davies, Regional Director of Santander Corporate & Commercial said, “The festival will offer a great opportunity to gain insight, share experience and develop new business contacts in a different, vibrant environment. With speakers joining us from Black Country Bullet, the virtual car solution, we’d like to invite you for lunch and to attend this session, which will focus on innovation in manufacturing and supply chain management”.

Aimed at manufacturing businesses, this session will provide an insight into how to make the best of the world class supply chain that is available in the Black Country and showcase the work of Digital Native Academy, the Bullet developers.

“We’d be delighted if you can join us for what promises to be an informative session and look forward to seeing you there.”

2.00-4.00pm Tuesday 7th July 2015

Breakthrough Box
Molineux Stadium
Waterloo Road

RSVP: Spaces are very limited, so to find out more or to register your interest in any of these events, please email:

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