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A collaborative R&D programme that brings together Cosworth, Cranfield University, Flexeye and Axillium Research will create ground-breaking methods and IT systems for Cosworth’s Jubilee flexible manufacturing facility, it has been announced.

Performance engineering and manufacturing group, Cosworth, will be the lead partner in the programme, which is supported by UK Government’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills. The programme will apply best of breed informatics systems from Flexeye and world class research from Cranfield University to address challenges in flexible manufacturing, intelligent quality assurance and supply chain management.

Supported by a grant from the UK Government’s Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI), the programme will form a key component in Cosworth’s strategy to develop world-leading flexible manufacturing systems to deliver the next generation of automotive internal combustion engines.

Hal Reisiger, Cosworth CEO said, “With Automotive Propulsion a key component of the UK’s industrial growth strategy, we welcome the forward thinking of BIS and AMSCI in supporting Cosworth’s long-term structured investment in the Technology, Manufacturing and Skills needed to establish our new facility in Northampton.

“Cosworth’s position as an independent high performance engineering and manufacturing business enables us to work with range of automotive vehicle manufacturers and technology partners. We believe that creating this Centre of Excellence will benefit both our automotive customers by enabling cost effective production of more advanced engine designs in smaller quantities, and the wider manufacturing supply chain that we rely on in the UK - creating jobs and securing industry investment in the process.

Professor Ashutosh Tiwari, Professor of Manufacturing Informatics at Cranfield University said, "Cosworth’s new engine manufacturing facility in the UK will house some of the most advanced technologies and will be supported by Cranfield’s world-leading manufacturing informatics research expertise."

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About Cosworth

Cosworth employs its motorsport-inspired engineering and manufacturing capabilities to improve vehicle and driver performance. The group supplies electronics and powertrain products and engineering services to high performance vehicle manufacturers, motorsport teams and performance enthusiasts around the world. Cosworth was founded in 1958. With headquarters in Northampton, UK, the group has a globally-recognised brand and employs staff across Europe and the USA.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

Transport Systems at Cranfield

Cranfield has over 50 years’ experience in transport, including the aviation, automotive, motorsport, military and marine sectors.

We are the only university in Europe to own and run an airport and to have airline status.

Our education and award-winning research covers all modes of vehicles and transport across technology, engineering and management, including sustainable transport and intelligent mobility.

In an increasingly interconnected world, we specialise in understanding the whole environment in which transport operates: the vehicles, infrastructure, businesses and logistics, as well as the human aspects of operating, managing and using transport.

Our world-class facilities include high-performance wind tunnels, an off-road vehicle dynamics facility, a crash impact test centre (one of just three FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) approved test centres in the world) and our Accident Investigation Laboratory, which is dedicated to our work in aviation, marine and rail safety and the only accident investigation laboratory of its type outside the United States. We were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our world-leading work in aviation safety through research and training in air accident investigation in 2011.

Completed in 2017, our latest facility, the Multi-User Environment for Autonomous Vehicle Innovation, is a £19 million ‘smart’ roadway test environment for the development of intelligent and autonomous vehicles, making it a UK first. It includes the associated systems needed to integrate emerging technologies into our day-to-day lives.

A new £65 million Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre will also be built at Cranfield to spearhead the UK’s research into digital aviation technology, and a new state-of-the-art digital control tower, which replicates what can be seen through the windows of a traditional air traffic control tower via a live feed using HD cameras and sensors, is being installed at Cranfield Airport.