The Advanced Propulsion Centre was created with the support of 27 companies actively exploring the potential for investment in the projects and activities undertaken by it. The industry committed £500 million over the next decade to match £500 million committed by government in the largest automotive funding programme of its kind ever undertaken.
The commitment was made by the following companies as part of the Automotive Council’s Industrial Strategy; Bentley, BMW Group, Bosch, BP, Castrol, Caterpillar, Ford, GKN, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Intelligent Energy, JCB, Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus, MAHLE Powertrain, McLaren Automotive, MIRA, Morgan, Millbrook, Nissan, Optare, Productiv, RDM Group, Ricardo, SMMT, Tata Motors, Transport Systems Catapult and the West Midlands Manufacturing Consortium.
Widespread engagement from the start
23 organisations are now directly involved in the active APC projects funded from the first competition called APC1 including: Alexander Dennis Limited, Automotive Products, BP, Cambustion Limited, Castlet Limited, Continental Automotive Trading Limited, Coventry University, Cummins, Dynex Semiconductor Limited, Flybrid, Ford, GKN Land Systems, JCB, Loughborough University, Lubricants UK Limited, Raicam Clutch Limited, S&S Windings Limited, Schaeffler (UK) Limited, Unipart Eberspacher Exhaust Systems Limited, University of Bath, University of Bradford and the University of Nottingham.
Central focus for government and industry
The significant commitment by the industry to the APC, through the Automotive Council, is one of three key actions defined in the Industrial Strategy to drive growth and sustainability in the UK automotive sector. The APC represents a landmark in cross-industry leadership and in working with government. The two other elements are:
- Investing up to £3 million to set up the Automotive Investment Organisation to lead on attracting inward investors to invest in the UK, particularly supply chain companies.
- Ensuring the right skills through a collective road map for the skills and training needed to address skills gaps in the automotive sector (eg. joint programmes to attract school leavers, graduates and postgraduates into the automotive industry).