The Proving Factory is a collaborative project to industrialise innovation and supply advanced components into the automotive supply chain. It is led by Productiv and Tata Steel and its partners include MIRA, the HVM Catapult, Jaguar Land Rover, Schaeffler and the Midlands Assembly Network. It involves technology developers Bladon Jets, Flybrid, Torotrak, Drive Systems Design, Libralato and Magnomatics.
This project is currently focused on assessing the needs of a range of advanced propulsion technologies and designing flexible manufacturing and assembly processes that will deliver cost-effective products to automotive quality standards. The design phase of the project will lead to a business case to be signed off in Q4 2013, enabling the manufacturing and assembly facilities to be ready for production in 2015. Pre-production for development and product validation will start in 2014.