Bharat Forge sets up new R&D Cen­tre in UK

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Bharat Forge, the Pune-based multi­na­tional with a pres­ence across au­to­mo­tive, power, oil and gas, con­struc­tion and min­ing, rail, ma­rine and aero­space, is bet­ting big on the push to­wards elec­tric ve­hi­cles. The com­pany has opened its new re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D) fa­cil­ity in the MIRA Tech­nol­ogy Park, a lead­ing au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy park and en­ter­prise zone, in the UK.

The com­pany says the new cen­tre will fo­cus on the de­vel­op­ment of com­po­nents and sub-sys­tems for elec­tric ve­hi­cles. The fa­cil­ity will com­ple­ment the ca­pa­bil­i­ties and knowl­edge es­tab­lished over the past two years at the Kalyani Cen­tre for Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion (KCTI) and Kalyani Cen­tre for Man­u­fac­tur­ing In­no­va­tion (KCMI) in Pune, which fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing so­lu­tions for EVs.

Bharat Forge says its new cen­tre will lever­age their ex­ten­sive test­ing fa­cil­i­ties at the tech­nol­ogy park and tap into the en­gi­neer­ing tal­ent pool in the Mid­lands.

Amit Kalyani, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Bharat Forge, said “sev­eral large OEMs and Tier 1 com­pa­nies are present at MIRA Tech­nol­ogy Park for de­vel­op­ment and test­ing of ve­hi­cles and sys­tems in the EV space. The in­fra­struc­ture and knowl­edge avail­able would only help has­ten the de­vel­op­ment of BFL and re­duce our time to en­try in this im­por­tant mar­ket space.”

Terry Spall, Com­mer­cial Di­rec­tor, MIRA Tech­nol­ogy Park, said “this grow­ing num­ber of glob­ally-recog­nised au­to­mo­tive busi­ness is tes­ta­ment to the ben­e­fit of work­ing in a tech­nol­ogy clus­ter, with ac­cess to ex­ten­sive fa­cil­i­ties and the abil­ity for our ten­ants to en­gage with many of the global OEMs at their doorstep.”

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