Tata Tech, GKN Automotive open global e-mobility software engineering centre in Bangalore

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 08 Oct 2020

Tata Technologies a leading engineering and product development digital services company and UK-based GKN Automotive (GKN) a leading automotive technologies provider have joined forces to establish and set up an advanced global e-mobility software engineering centre in Bangalore, India.

The new centre will utilise Tata Technology’s expertise in electric and embedded systems and its ability to attract India’s software engineering talent. A widespread recruitment drive has now started to attract world-class talent to develop GKN Automotive’s next-generation e-drive technologies, which the company says will reshape the future of e-mobility for forthcoming electrified vehicles. Once established and fully operational it will become a dedicated GKN automotive facility.

Warren Harris, MD and CEO, Tata Technologies: “Tata Technologies, with a vision of ‘engineering a better world’ enables global OEMs and Tier 1s manufacture and realise 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.”

Liam Butterworth, CEO, GKN Automotive: “This is a crucial milestone for GKN Automotive. Working with Tata Technologies is essential in helping us establish this centre in India and draw upon the world-class software engineering talent there. Our e-Drive technologies have already put us in a market-leading position but this programme will help us accelerate our growth, expanding and improving our products and widening our customer base. We are excited about our collaboration with Tata Technologies in an increasingly electrified future.”

The new software engineering centre was completed in just six months (work started in March 2020) and houses a design studio and laboratories. The software centre has already recruited around 45 engineers and by end of the year it will be home to over 100 world-class engineers and support staff.

GKN Automotive specialises in developing, building and supplying market-leading driveline systems and advanced ePowertrain technologies, for most of the world’s automotive companies. The companies 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. GKN’s ePowertrain division now offers technology solutions for all electrified vehicles, 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.