Advanced hub to develop e-powertrain innovations for next-generation electric vehicles by leveraging world-class software talent pool from India
Bangalore, October 9, 2020
The US-headquartered GKN Automotive, global leader in driveline systems and advanced ePowertrain technologies, has joined hands with Tata Technologies, a global engineering and product development digital services company, to open an advanced, global e-mobility software engineering centre in Bengaluru.
The new centre will leverage Tata Technologies’ expertise in electric and embedded systems as well as its ability to attract India’s software engineering talent to work on GKN Automotive’s next-generation e-Drive technologies, reshaping the future of sustainable e-mobility. The ambition is to have a workforce of more than 100 world class software engineers and support staff by the end of 2020. An accelerated recruitment drive is already in place to attract India’s best talent to develop GKN Automotive’s future advanced e-powertrain capabilities supplying global automotive manufacturers.
Warren Harris, Managing Director and CEO of Tata Technologies, said, “Tata Technologies, with a vision of ‘engineering a better world’ enables global OEMs and Tier 1s manufacture and realize better products through its product design and engineering capabilities. This collaboration with GKN Automotive will significantly contribute towards the development of the next-generation of electric vehicles that are sustainable and help us achieve a greener world.”
According to Liam Butterworth, CEO, GKN Automotive, this is an important initiative for the company. “Collaborating with Tata Technologies to build this centre is critical in enabling us draw upon the world-class software engineering talent in India and leverage Tata Technologies’ product engineering capabilities. Our e-Drive technologies have already put us in a market-leading position, but this initiative will help us grow further, expanding and improving our technology capabilities,” he said.
Spread across a 12,650 sq ft area, the center houses a design studio, lab stations, meeting and conference rooms, and a wellness center. In spite of the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the center was completed in just six months, from layout to construction. It will open in phases and follow strict hygiene, sanitization and social distancing practices currently being implemented across all Tata Technologies facilities.
The Michigan (USA) headquartered GKN Automotive specialises in developing, building and supplying market-leading driveline systems and advanced ePowertrain technologies, for most of the world’s automotive companies. GKN Automotive’s market-leading Driveline division specialises in supplying an extensive range of technologies, spanning high-volume low-cost vehicles to top end premium cars with complex all-wheel drive driving dynamics. The ePowertrain division now offers technology solutions for all electrified vehicles. It is a progressive pioneer of these technologies, with the first eDrive system being fitted to a production car over 20 years ago. It is now powering over one million electrified vehicles worldwide.
Tata Technologies is a global innovator in developing advanced product design, engineering, and R&D consulting services, enabling leading manufacturers create better, safer, greener, faster and experiential mobility solutions. Committed to ‘Engineering a better world’, through agile, collaborative innovation, sustainable technologies, and processes, the company has over 9000 innovators serving clients worldwide shaping the future of mobility. A part of the Tata group, India's largest multinational business group, Tata Technologies is a premier partner specialising in next-generation product lifecycle management, and digital enterprise solutions.