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Swansea University, Tata Steel join forces in new research institute


By David Schwartz
Published: February 13th, 2018

The UK’s Swansea University and Tata Steel marked the kickoff of a long-term research and innovation collaboration with the opening of their Steel & Metals Institute on the school’s Wales campus.

It’s Tata’s second such institute in Great Britain, with one also based at the University of Warwick. Engineers and researchers at the Institute will be working on new materials for use in hybrid and electric cars, energy-efficient homes and buildings, and innovative food packaging. The Institute will eventually become part of the UK National Steel Innovation Centre, which is scheduled to open by 2020.

Today’s event was attended by Bimlendra Jha, Tata Steel UK’s CEO, and Professor Richard B. Davies, Swansea University’s Vice-Chancellor.

Commenting on the initiative, Tata Steel UK’s CEO Bimlendra Jha said the university collaborations with Swansea and Warwick are “part of our two hub strategy for collaborative research and development with universities. Integrating this new facility at Swansea with our existing network of researchers at different universities in the UK is a stepping stone to our win-win approach to innovation. Researchers get real world problems to solve and Tata Steel brings its expertise and resources to give wings to innovative ideas.”

Added Swansea’s Vice Chancellor Richard B. Davies, “this move shows Tata Steel’s long-term commitment to research and development within the UK.”

The new center will house a combination of metallurgists, product engineers, data scientists, researchers and technicians. Tata Steel will provide more than 40 industry R&D staff to work alongside 20 new Swansea University research staff. The company will provide annual funding to help operate the Institute, and it has also donated a wide range of research equipment to the school.

Source: Tata Steel

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