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Changan UK Expansion in West Midlands UK

100 new jobs at Chinese car giant’s Midland base

One of the largest car manufacturers in China, Changan Automobile, have further strengthened their position in the UK’s automotive market, with the acquisition of 80,000 sq ft offices at Birmingham Business Park. Having operated in the UK since 2010, Changan UK has more than trebled its footprint within the last three months, resulting in the creation of 100 new jobs.

The new site at the Birmingham Business Park will form the worldwide headquarters of its Powertrain and Research & Development divisions.

Dr Xiaoyu Zhang, general manager of Changan UK, said: “Our new site at Birmingham Business Park in the UK will become a world-class powertrain research centre.

“This new location will strengthen our commitment to the UK market by promoting the growth and sustainability of Changan UK, developing links with local universities and creating new jobs for the region.”

Changan is one of the biggest car manufacturers in China. It has nearly 50,000 employees worldwide and is affiliated to the state-owned China South Industries Group Corporation – its notable joint ventures include ChanganFord and ChanganSuzuki.


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Jaguar Land Rover in negotiations to buy Silverstone

Jaguar Land Rover in negotiations to buy Silverstone

Jaguar Land Rover has reportedly made a bid for the home of British Motorsport, Silverstone, thought to be valued at almost £23 million.

The West Midlands car giant is in negotiations to secure the site with major plans on the horizon, including a five-star hotel, a Jaguar Land Rover heritage centre & motor industry museum.

According to the Coventry Telegraph, a source close to Jaguar Land Rover said: “They have been trying to buy Silverstone for a while now. Talks are still ongoing and the deal isn’t sealed yet.”

“They are interested in it for testing cars and the Motorsport side.”

Recent comments made by Silverstone’s managing director a few months ago suggested that the racing circuit was at risk without major investment on the race track. The news that Jaguar Land Rover are in a position to take over the site has been welcomed by automotive sector experts, claiming JLR could attract enthusiasts from around the world.

A spokesman for Jaguar Land Rover said: “Jaguar Land Rover continually looks to invest and grow its business operations in the UK. We constantly evaluate a wide range of opportunities which are confidential.

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Jaguar Land Rover unveils new factory plans

Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled plans to expand its manufacturing capabilities after signing a letter of intent to build a new factory in Slovakia. As part of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to deliver more lightweight vehicles, the new plant would aim to produce up to 300,000 vehicles over the next decade; with the first batch of cars to come off the production line in 2018.

The expansion reflects Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing ambition to bring production closer to key markets and become more globally competitive.

Robert Fico, prime minister of Slovakia, said: “We are committed to developing Slovakia’s premium automotive industry and, should we be successful, this investment would represent a significant step forward in achieving this. It would provide a boost to our country’s wider industrial strategy as well as benefiting the European Union as a whole.

“We look forward to working closely with Jaguar Land Rover over the coming months to progress the negotiations.”

Recently, Jaguar Land Rover revealed plans to build vehicles in Austria, and they are currently in talks with other European countries and the US to build another manufacturing plant. The locations are largely picked for the growth potential of nearby car markets.

Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive at Jaguar Land Rover, has said: “The expansion of our business globally is essential to support its long-term, resilient growth. As well as creating additional capacity, it allows us to invest in the development of more new vehicles and technologies, which supports jobs in the UK.”

Over the past five years, Jaguar Land Rover has employed more than 20,000 people taking its workforce to more than 36,000 and invested more than £11 billion in new technology and development centres. That includes investing more than £500 million in a new Engine Manufacturing Centre in the UK for production of it’s ingenium four cylinder engine.

Despite JLR’s overseas expansion signalling a move away from its UK manufacturing base, Chief executive Dr Ralf Speth confirms: “The UK remains at the centre of our design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities. Partnerships such as this will complement our UK operations and engineering”.

Source: Birmingham Post

 

 

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Jaguar Land Rover monitors brainwaves

Jaguar Land Rover is exploring the possibility of brainwave sensor monitoring to improve driver concentration and improve vehicle safety.

The new research project named Mind Sense, will develop sensors that are embedded in the seats and steering wheels of research vehicles. At the Gaydon Technology Test Centre, researchers have adapted sensors used by Nasa applications to assess the concentration of the driver in the hope to reduce accidents on the road.

Jaguar Land Rover explained how it hopes monitoring brain activity will achieve this goal:

“One key piece of new research is to see how we could measure brainwaves to monitor if the driver is alert and concentrating on driving,” said Dr Wolfgang Epple, JLR Director of Research & Development. “Even if the eyes are on the road, a lack of concentration or a daydream will mean the driver isn’t paying attention to the driving task.”

How does it work?

Our brains produce four or more distinct types of brainwaves. During daydreaming, Theta waves are the dominant type of brainwave and by monitoring their occurrence, Jaguar Land Rover believe it will be able to detect when driver concentration is waning.

Traditionally, monitoring brainwaves has been performed using sensors placed on the head. Recognising that this isn’t suitable for driving, Jaguar Land Rover have developed sensors which will be embedded into the steering wheel and the data then captured onto an on-board computer. They have also created a sensor which will be embedded into the seat in order to pick up the driver’s heart-beat and breathing. All this data will then be used in the hope of improving driver – vehicle safety and thus reduce human error accidents on the road.

Source: The Engineer

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The Future of Autonomous Technology

Research & Development centres are cropping up across the UK in order to keep up with the demand for new autonomous technology.

As a result Land Rover are researching a new remote control technology that represents a stepping stone towards the fully autonomous car. It could be used by the driver to manoeuvre their car out of difficult situations safely or negotiate challenging terrain, whilst walking alongside the car at a maximum speed of 4mph.

Watch the video below to see this technology in action!

Do you want to contribute to future autonomous technology in the UK? Edison Technical Recruitment currently have various Systems & Software Engineering job opportunities working within the Advanced Driver Assistance System departments for several automotive OEMs. View our latest job opportunities now.

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ADAS Software & Systems Engineers WANTED

Due to huge growth in the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems team of one of our major automotive clients, we’re urgently looking for a large number of software and systems engineers to work in this rapidly-advancing sector.

We’re looking for a number of roles within this team, namely the following:

  1. Controls Systems Engineers
  2. Software / Systems Engineers
  3. Diagnostics and ECU Architecture Engineers
  4. AUTOSAR Software Architect
  5. Functional Safety Engineer
  6. Virtual Validation Engineers

Skills we’re particularly interested in are as follows:

  • Control Systems Engineering (Matlab / Simulink)
  • Virtual Validation (IPG Carmaker)
  • HIL / SIL / MIL testing
  • Requirements Management
  • Functional Safety / ISO26262
  • ASPICE
  • Diagnostics / CAN / Flexray / Vector toolset (CANalyzer / CANoe)
  • DOORS / SysML

If you feel you may be interested in any of the above roles, or would like to find out more about these excellent, long-term contract opportunities, please do get in touch.  We would also like to hear from anyone interested in roles on a permanent basis as this may well be an option in the near future.

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Limited Edition Ford Transit Marks 50th Anniversary

The Ford Transit is 50 years old and to mark the occasion, rally specialist M-Sport has teamed up with Van Sport to produce a limited edition Transit van. Replicating the appearance of M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car (WRC), the special edition Transit comes complete with a WRC-inspired bodykit and hand-crafted leather interior.

A new exhaust gives the van the thrilling sound expected of a sports car, and the new steering wheel, roof spoiler and lowered suspension adds to this look and feel. A unique numbered plate identifies the limited edition status of the vehicle and an exclusive range of M-Sport branding options allow buyers to specify how they would like the vehicle to look.

M-Sport’s Managing Director Malcolm Wilson said: “This is a fantastic project which we are all extremely proud to be involved in. Combining Ford’s driving dynamics and the Transit’s versatility with Van Sport’s ingenuity and style, this product compliments the M-Sport brand which is all about quality, performance and flair.”

 

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Automotive engineers required for highly-rewarding engineering jobs in the UK

Edison Technical Recruitment are working in partnership with a number of UKs most prestigious automotive suppliers and OEMs. Due to huge-expansion and technology growth we have seen an increased rise in the number of engineering jobs in the UK and thus the demand for automotive engineers across the industry has also risen.

We are currently looking to recruit for the following engineering jobs:

>> Senior Quality Engineer | Derby | Permanent | Quality Jobs

>> Engineering Project Manager | Derby | Permanent | Electronic Jobs

>> Programme Engineer | Oxfordshire | Permanent | Programme Management Jobs

>> Electrical Systems Engineer | West Midlands | Contract | Electrical Jobs

>> HIL Software Engineer | West Midlands | Contract | Powertrain Jobs

>> Project Engineer | West Midlands | Contract | Chassis Jobs

You should be degree qualified in a relevant engineering discipline with appropriate automotive / technical industry experience.

For further information about these jobs, including salary / benefits package, and for a full list of our current job vacancies, please register your CV now and we’ll be in touch for an initial, confidential discussion.

It’s never been a more exciting time to be an engineer / manager in the automotive industry. Make it happen, send us your CV now!

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Who are the automotive firms providing new jobs for the UK?

Many of the UK’s major automotive firms have recently announced further plans to invest and grow within the industry, creating hundreds of jobs for engineers across the sector. Its never been a more exciting time to be an automotive engineer! Find out who the key players are below;

Jaguar Land Rover

jaguar, land, rover, new, jobs, edison, technical, recruitment, automotive, industry, jobs, uk, midlands, manufacturing, car, vehicle, engineeringJaguar Land Rover has made the biggest investment in the UK’s automotive sector by recently announcing a huge investment totalling £600m. The investment will be used to expand both their existing sites in Castle Bromwich & Whitley to support new R&D and manufacturing operations. The need for more innovative vehicle technology has become ever more apparent in the industry with infotainment systems becoming more intelligent than ever. To keep up with this need JLR plan to double the size of its Whitley site and expand the existing Advanced Design and Development Centre, where engineers will create the firm’s next generation of high technology & ultra-low emission vehicles. As for the Castle Bromwich site, £450m will be invested to produce the highly anticipated XE, which has just recently gone into production. All this has resulted in a huge surge of job opportunities and has further secured JLR’s position as a market-leading automotive firm in the UK.

 

The London Taxi Company

london, taxi, company, creates, jobs, coventry, automotive, newsLast month the firm behind the next generation electric green-cab announced plans to invest £250m in a new research, development and assembly plant in Coventry, creating 1,000 jobs.

The new London Taxi will require engineers to design and manufacture a ultra-low emission, electric taxi to meet the new regulations being introduced by the Mayor of London from 2018. The new plant will have the capacity to assemble up to 36,000 vehicles a year and is expected to create over 1,000 jobs, significantly increasing the employment / manufacturing sectors, as well as secure long-term economic benefits for the Midlands.

 

Ford

Ford, Focus, RS, Automotive, News, Vehicle, Technology, Motor, Company, IndustryLast year Ford revealed it would pump £190m into its engine production to fund the production of a new range of low carbon 2.0 litre diesel engine, producing far less pollution than previous models. This expansion has created more jobs within Ford’s UK engineering team based within the Dagenham Engine Plant

Edison Technical Recruitment are delighted to be working alongside the major automotive OEMs in the UK. We have many exciting new job opportunities coming up and will continue to do so as the industry grows. For more information please contact john.mcauley@edisontechnical.co.uk.

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Chevrolet reveals terrifyingly cool self-driving car of the future

The Shanghai Motor Show this year promised to provide an insight into the motoring world of 2030 and thus reveal the ‘cars of the future’. The new concept car revealed by Chevrolet has provided just that. Unlike any self-driving car or concept seen before, the FNR has been put together using futuristic technology, advanced car networking systems and a body which looks like it belongs in a futuristic Sci Fi film.

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This self-driving car is effectively a self-contained ‘capsule’ with an impressive ability to charge using a wireless system. The car will run off electricity and the wheels will have magnetic electric motors embedded inside and all this will power an impressive interior plastered with touch and gesture controlled screens and an ‘iris recognition’ start system – basic requirements of any futuristic concept car don’t you think?

There are many benefits the self-driving car can promise – a drop in deadly accidents high among them – but the motorised webbed seats will definitely fill a big desire for fully-autonomous car amongst consumers. The ability to swivel your seat to face the rear of the car and face passengers whilst in self-driving mode, is a concept that many argue should get consumers interested. Who wouldn’t want the possibility to swivel your chair around when taking on a long car journey?

Another benefit of the motorised webbed seats is that they will have the ability to read passenger’s heartChevrelot, FNR, Concept, Car, Swivel, Autonomous, Shanghai, Motor, Show, 2015 rate and bloody pressure. Vehicles today are already being developed with this concept with the hope that if your car detects you are falling asleep or you are experiencing a heart attack, the car will become autonomous and take you to safety. Sounds good doesn’t it? But what will it mean for the fun that most of us experience when driving? Will self-driving cars take this away? Chevrolet think not with the promise that passengers can still drive if they want to. They have also promised that drivers who prefer an edgier performance experience when driving will get this from the FNR, with the ability to tighten suspension and execute tight turns whilst hitting high legal speed.

All this sounds fantastically exciting but this is what concept cars are all about. They aren’t necessarily vehicles you expect to see, but a canvas for things you’d like to see. It certainly does keep things interesting though.