Electric Vehicle sector lures Indian firm to Midlands technology park

The surge in the electric vehicle sector has led to one of India’s leading metal-forming companies opening a new facility in the Midlands.

Bharat Forge – India’s leading metal-forging company – has opened its first UK facility, the Electric Mobility Research and Development Centre, where it will be developing components and sub-systems for Electric Vehicles.

Bharat Forge is the largest Tier 1 supplier in India and has taken brand new workshop space at MIRA Technology Park, the UK’s leading automotive technology park and Enterprise Zone.

This facility will complement the capabilities and knowledge established over the past two years at the Kalyani Centre for Technology & Innovation (KCTI) and the Kalyani Centre for Manufacturing Innovation (KCMI) in Pune focused on delivering solutions for Electric Vehicles.

The Electric Mobility Research and Development Centre will be able to tap into the extensive testing facilities at MIRA Technology Park as well as the pool of engineering talents in the Midlands.

Commenting on the new research facility, Mr. Amit Kalyani, Executive Director said “We are really impressed with the infrastructure and the facilities available in MIRA Technology Park and have set up a research facility focused on R&D for powertrain solutions for Electric Vehicles.

“Several large global OEM’s and Tier 1 companies are already present at MIRA technology Park for development & testing of vehicles and systems in the EV space. The infrastructure available would only help hasten the development for BFL and reduce our time to entry in this very important market space.”

Bharat Forge adds to the growing number of international businesses at MIRA Technology Park. The Park’s extensive list of tenants, which includes Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota, Bosch, Haldex, Continental and ZF, provides a collaborative environment for Bharat Forge to develop its electric drivetrain technologies.

Terry Spall, Commercial Director at MIRA Technology Park, said: “We’re really pleased to welcome Bharat Forge to MIRA Technology Park. This growing number of globally-recognised automotive businesses 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 world’s global OEMs right on their doorstep.

Since 2010, MIRA Technology Park has welcomed over 35 globally-recognised businesses to the site. It has also become one of the UK’s top performing Enterprise Zones and is rapidly gaining recognition as a premier location in Europe for automotive research and development.