WMG and Tata Steel strengthen relationship

Posted on 13 May 2015 by Jonny Williamson

WMG at the University of Warwick and Tata Steel are strengthening their collaborative research and education programmes by providing a critical mass of research excellence which aims to position the UK at the forefront of the international iron and steel research agenda.

There’s already a strong relationship between the two organisations and the signing of an MOU seeks to promote the collaboration in the fields of science, technology and education.

A new £20m industry and government funded international centre for Advanced Steels Research is to be built at Warwick.

This new world class centre will provide a unique national resource, and will complement Tata Steel’s long term investment in its own move to facilities based at the University of Warwick.

WMG will be working with Tata Steel through a hub to bring together Tata Steel sponsored activity across UK universities.

Led by Professor Sridhar Seetharaman, Tata Steel chair in Low Carbon Materials at WMG, the new Centre will see 300 of the brightest engineers and scientists working within a dynamic R&D environment.

It combines Seetharaman’s research excellence with that of two further, industry and institution funded, Tata Steel chairs at WMG – Professor Claire Davis, Tata Steel chair for research into Thermo-mechanical Processing, and Professor Barbara Shollock, Tata Steel chair in Advanced Characterisation and Coatings.

MoU signing Dr Karl-Ulrich Kohler, Tata Steel, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Right Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman WMG
MoU signing Dr Karl-Ulrich Kohler (Tata Steel) and Professor Lord Bhattacharyya (WMG).

Chief executive of Tata Steel’s European operations Karl Koehler commented: “This development will allow us to work with world-class scientists and researchers to create new steels for customers who are shaping the low-carbon technologies of tomorrow.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, chairman of WMG added: “With Tata Steel we are creating a national focus that will help ensure that the UK steel industry has the knowledge, technology and skills in place to be able to compete in the huge international steel market.”

The Advanced Steels Research Centre will also be accessible to wide range of other leading UK and international academics and will collaborate with the national network of Catapult Centres.

Through collaborative research, academics and industry experts will be working with Tata Steel on strategic research programmes which will help transform UK steel production, and includes research into emerging and breakthrough technologies.

Research will focus on enabling new generation value-added products for major steel application sectors including automotive; construction; energy & power; engineering, and lifting & excavating.