The Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering’s £6m investment

November 2023A Unipart collaboration with Coventry University to deliver innovative research, and give the next generation of engineers live project experience was launched this week after a £6m expansion investment.

The Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), based at the Unipart Manufacturing site in Coventry, welcomed guests in person and virtually to the new expansion of nearly 2,000 square metres of space boasting state-of-the-art equipment, new teaching and research facilities, six new laboratories, and a robotics and testing area.

Since its launch in 2014, the AME has bridged the gap between academia and industry, providing a pipeline of industry-ready graduates with experience of working with Unipart’s operations and engineering leaders on live internal combustion engine and electric vehicle powertrain projects.

Some graduates have chosen to continue their careers with Unipart, in particular working for Unipart’s Hyperbat EV battery production joint venture.

The AME broadens Unipart’s capability in research and development, providing a unique model that hasn’t been recreated anywhere in the UK which attracts funding and a growth with supply chains customers.

Carol Burke, Unipart Manufacturing Group Managing Director, said: “We are thrilled about the expansion of AME, an initiative between Unipart and Coventry University to bridge the gap between industry and academia.

“AME stands as a testament to addressing the skills and technology gaps in our industry. Our unique approach is embodied in an industry-ready degree course that goes beyond textbooks, immersing students in live industry projects. As the transport sector transitions to EV manufacturing and greener solutions, Coventry University’s latest investment will empower the AME to expand Unipart’s expertise and capabilities into new sectors.

“This involves collaborating on Research and Development with academia and strengthening ties with supply chains, including small and medium-sized enterprises. Ultimately it leads to new business growth.

“AME is at the centre of the transformation of the Midlands to stay ahead of net-zero innovation and to support business growth, where ideas become reality, and the future of sustainable mobility is redefined.”

Read more about the event in a BBC News article here.