The Proving Factory project is led by micro SME Productiv who will industrialise green automotive technologies and bridge the gap between technology developers and vehicle manufacturers, and Tata Steel, who will develop materials and manufacture components during the collaboration. Alongside MIRA, the other core partner in the project is MTC (part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult), who will assist in the design process for manufacture and assembly. Other companies supporting The Proving Factory project include Jaguar Land Rover, Schaeffler, Unipart, and the Midlands Assembly Network.
The innovative automotive technologies and components that the project will industrialise prior to manufacture will come from six technology developers including: Bladon Jets, Flybrid, Torotrak, Drive Systems Design and Libralato.
The Proving Factory will ultimately manufacture low volume advanced technologies for vehicle manufacturers, with a target of 1,000 to 20,000 units per annum for each of 10 to 20 products.
The project has received funding and strategic support from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Automotive Council. It has received £12.8 million in grant and loan funding from the Government through the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative, which has been matched with £9.1 million of private funding.
It is envisaged that The Proving Factory will create over 250 direct new jobs in assisted areas, where new employment is greatly needed, and around 1,000 more in the manufacturing and engineering supply chain.
As well as job creation, products supplied by The Proving Factory will help to reduce the UK’s trade deficit for automotive components, which stands at around £7 billion. The project will also create new intellectual property in the UK, strengthening both its knowledge and manufacturing base.