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Tata Technologies Forms New Vehicle Development Group

Tata Technologies, a global provider of engineering services, is forming a new vehicle program group to meet the demand for faster, more complex vehicle development support within the auto industry.

Tata Technologies’ Vehicle Programs & Development (VPD) Group will include more than 200 engineers operating from four automotive engineering centers of excellence worldwide — Detroit, Coventry (UK), Pune (India) and Stuttgart (Germany).

Kevin Fisher, a senior Tata Technologies executive with more than 30 years of experience in vehicle program engineering, has been named president of the new organization and will be based in the Detroit suburb of Novi.

“Our group draws on industry-leading technology and global engineering expertise in the places where today’s automotive ideas take shape,” Fisher noted.

He added that the Tata Technologies VDP Group uses a multidimensional approach to vehicle engineering and development that will leverage the company’s global delivery system and proprietary Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE) platforms to develop products faster and more cost effectively.

“The next decade will see an ever increasing demand for accelerated product development that also will need to incorporate more new technology than the auto industry has seen in 30 years,” Fisher said. “We are positioning the Tata Technologies VPD Group to set the pace in automotive product development and technological innovation.”

Fisher reported that the new group has already won several full-vehicle programs in the United States and Europe, including development of the G2 electric car from Maryland-based Genovation Inc. European-based premium car manufacturers, North American OEMs, major automotive suppliers and independent automotive start-ups are also part of the Tata Technologies VDP Group client portfolio.

The company will be an exhibitor (Booth #1015) at the 2011 SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) World Congress taking place April 12-14 in Detroit. Members of the Tata Technologies VPD team will be on hand at the company’s SAE exhibit along with a scale model of Genovation’s G2 electric vehicle. An urban mobility concept model, under development at the Tata Technologies North American Styling Studio, also will be on display, to showcase the styling capabilities within the VPD Group.

Part of the Tata Group

Tata Technologies is part of the prestigious Tata group, India’s oldest and most respected business group, with extensive international operations and fiscal-year revenues of more than $65 billion, 61 percent of which comes from business outside of India. Tata group companies employ about 350,000 people worldwide. Tata has been a respected name in India for more than 140 years because of its adherence to strong business values and its dedication to ethics and social responsibility.

About Tata Technologies

Tata Technologies is a global leader in the fields of Vehicle Program Development, Engineering Services Outsourcing, Product Development IT and PLM for the global manufacturing industry. Through a pragmatic approach to engineering and manufacturing processes, it delivers best-in-class solutions to the world’s leading automotive and aerospace manufacturers and their suppliers. The company is headquartered in Singapore, with regional headquarters in the United States (Novi, Mich.), India (Pune) and the United Kingdom (Coventry and Bristol). Tata Technologies has a global workforce of 4,500 employees serving clients from facilities in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

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