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West Midlands secures massive technology investment boost

Words: Huw Morris
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An £80 million state-of-the-art automative battery development facility is to based in the West Midlands.

The move is part of the Faraday Battery Challenge, the government’s £120 million flagship programme to make the UK a world leader in the emerging technology.

The facility follows a successful bid by a consortium led by Coventry and Warwickshire LEP and including Warwick Manufacturing Group. The government also unveiled £53 million of funding for aerospace projects in the West Midlands.

The new centre, a key part of the Automotive Sector Deal, aims to build on the region’s reputation for automotive expertise and research and development.

It will host cutting-edge production and assembly processes and support the future scale-up of battery technologies. The centre also aims to turn promising early and mid-stage battery research and development into scalable and commercially viable business propositions while boosting training and skills development. 

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