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P1194 WMG Corporate Brochure 17 International Automotive Research Centre The International Automotive Research Centre (IARC) is a dedicated facility for our energy storage and energy management R&D. Underpinning our role in the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult, we have developed an Energy Innovation Centre that provides a one-stop-shop for the development of new battery chemistries, from concept to fully proven traction batteries for industrial-scale testing. This unique facility is the first of its kind in the UK and includes a battery characterisation lab and abuse testing chambers, as well as our established Vehicle Energy Facility for electric and hybrid drive testing. It also houses a new £13m Battery Materials Pilot Line which provides a climate-controlled facility to create full-size prototype battery cells using novel chemistries. This has been The research activities within the Institute align closely with our research in lightweighting and composites where nanoparticles can be added to polymers and foams introducing functionality to structural components. Academic research teams work collaboratively on industry projects in sectors including aerospace, automotive, electronics, medicine, pharmaceuticals, security and telecommunications. IINM houses state-of-the-art facilities including characterisation laboratories, a wet chemistry laboratory, processing hall, offices and open plan research space. co-funded by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Technology Strategy Board. IARC is also home to Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC). A 300-strong team is engaged in design engineering and the development of products for the automotive industry. Tata Steel’s Automotive Engineering team, which is part of their Research and Development Division, is also based here. International Institute for Nanocomposites Manufacturing The International Institute for Nanocomposites Manufacturing (IINM) is the first of its kind in the world. This new £4.1m Institute exploits polymer processing techniques, enabling industry to innovate their manufacturing technologies to produce polymer nanocomposites. Buildings and Facilities

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