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COVEN­TRY is to be the lo­ca­tion for the first ded­i­cated fac­tory to make elec­tric bat­ter­ies to power the cars of the fu­ture – in a move which will cre­ate al­most 100 jobs.

The fac­tory will be op­er­ated by a new joint ven­ture called Hyper­bat, which sees Wil­liams Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing join forces with Uni­part Man­u­fac­tur­ing Group.

The new fac­tory will open in early 2019 in a trans­formed Uni­part build­ing in Beres­ford Av­enue, Foleshill.

The site is the for­mer home of one of Coven­try’s first car mak­ers – Ri­ley.

The ven­ture will see the cre­ation of 90 jobs and pro­duce bat­ter­ies for fu­ture hy­brid and elec­tric ve­hi­cles – with War­wick­shire’s As­ton Martin the first cus­tomer.

The an­nounce­ment has been hailed as fur­ther ev­i­dence that Coven­try and War­wick­shire are poised to be at the heart of elec­tric ve­hi­cle (EV) and bat­tery pro­duc­tion in the UK.

The fac­tory will ini­tially cater for UK-based car mak­ers – its first cus­tomer will be War­wick­shire-based As­ton Martin to power the RapidE elec­tric ve­hi­cle – with the po­ten­tial to cater for marine and air­craft projects in the fu­ture.

Craig Wil­son, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Wil­liams Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing, said: “To­day marks a proud day as we bring to­gether two in­no­va­tive com­pa­nies to de­liver cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy that will lit­er­ally power the fu­ture of sus­tain­able trans­port in the UK and be­yond.

“We are pleased to be work­ing with Uni­part, grow­ing a new ca­pa­bil­ity for our sec­tor in this coun­try for hy­brid and elec­tric ve­hi­cles, se­cur­ing the on-shore sup­ply chain for the long-term.

“Hyper­bat will also de­liver into high per­for­mance bat­tery ap­pli­ca­tions be­yond au­to­mo­tive, de­liv­er­ing in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy and high value man­u­fac­tur­ing, as well as jobs for the next gen­er­a­tion work­force.”

Carol Burke, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Uni­part Man­u­fac­tur­ing Group, said: “We are de­lighted to be work­ing with Wil­liams Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing on this ven­ture.

“We have de­vel­oped an ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity on our Coven­try site – the very site in which the Bri­tish auto in­dus­try pro­duced some of its first petrol ve­hi­cles. It is fit­ting that this site will now pro­vide clean, sus­tain­able elec­tric bat­ter­ies that can be tai­lored to in­di­vid­ual auto man­u­fac­turer’s re­quire­ments and avail­able to a wide range of com­pa­nies seek­ing to in­tro­duce elec­tric ve­hi­cles into their ranges.”

Uni­part will con­vert a 100-year-

The fac­tory will ini­tially cater for UK-based car mak­ers. It’s first cus­tomer will be War­wick­shire­based As­ton Martin.

old build­ing, which most re­cently pro­duced ve­hi­cle ex­hausts, to pro­duce more en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly equip­ment to power the fu­ture of road trans­port.

The joint ven­ture was in­spired by H1PERBAT – an Ad­vanced Propul­sion Cen­tre-funded, Wil­liams Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing-led con­sor­tium of or­gan­i­sa­tions, set up in 2017.

The con­sor­tium also in­cludes Uni­part, Coven­try Univer­sity, As­ton Martin and oth­ers. It was es­tab­lished to build a high per­for­mance, low vol­ume, flex­i­ble bat­tery ca­pa­bil­ity in the UK.

The Uni­part site in Beres­ford Av­enue also houses the In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing and En­gi­neer­ing (AME), a part­ner­ship be­tween Uni­part and Coven­try Univer­sity.

The AME will de­velop the skills and ca­pa­bil­i­ties for the fu­ture, both for Hyper­bat and for the broader elec­tric ve­hi­cle sup­ply chain.

Ms Burke added: “Us­ing some of the most ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties in this field, Hyper­bat’s pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties will be highly adapt­able to meet the chang­ing re­quire­ments of fu­ture de­mands, while also ad­dress­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties from non-au­to­mo­tive sec­tors look­ing to in­tro­duce sus­tain­able propul­sion into their prod­uct ranges.” Wel­com­ing the an­nounce­ment Busi­ness Sec­re­tary Greg Clark said: “Hy­brid and elec­tric ve­hi­cles will play a key part in Bri­tain’s cleaner and greener fu­ture and this new high­tech fa­cil­ity – in­spired by a govern­ment funded Ad­vanced Propul­sion Cen­tre project – will de­velop new ve­hi­cle bat­tery tech­nolo­gies and cre­ate high-skilled jobs in Coven­try. “Through the In­dus­trial Strat­egy, the govern­ment is build­ing on our world lead­ing strengths in auto man­u­fac­tur­ing and clean growth, mak­ing the UK the go-to place for these tech­nolo­gies and boost­ing the eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented by our tran­si­tion to a lowcar­bon econ­omy.”

In­side the Hyper­bat bat­tery fac­tory

Uni­part’s fac­tory site in Beres­ford Av­enue

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