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Work starts on Integral Powertrain’s new £6m technical centre
Integral Powertrain has broken ground on its new purpose-built £6m Technical Centre in Milton Keynes.
The new building investment was first announced in March 2018 and following months of detailed planning, building work has begun to deliver the purpose-built Technology Centre for Integral Powertrain’s expanding e-Drive business. Phase 1 of the 47,000 sq. ft. build is expected to be completed by Q1 2020 with the potential of a second phase to follow.
John McLean, Director Integral Powertrain Ltd, said: “The new Technical Centre represents a major milestone for Integral Powertrain. The new site is more than three times the floor area compared to the existing Engineering Centre and will be used to house our growing teams, provide new conference areas, much greater stores and build capacity, a larger e-Drive test centre, new materials and R&D facilities and larger machining/fabrication areas. As well as providing an excellent environment for staff and clients alike, it will allow most of our engineering and support teams to be located on one site, bringing efficiency that will enable us to develop innovative products to meet growing customer demand in the e-Drive sector.”
The new Technical Centre was announced to meet e-Drive business growth following success in developing world-leading power dense electric motors and inverters. Since then Integral e-Drive has seen an increasing number of successful projects which include the provision of the integrated dual motor/inverter systems that powered the world record-breaking Volkswagen Motorsport I.D. R Pikes Peak race car. Projects also include the launch of an e-Axle (CTU 400) developed with McLaren Applied Technologies and Hewland Engineering, the electric motors of the Aston Martin hybrid Hypercar, Valkyrie and their first all-electric sports car, the Rapide E.
Most recently Integral e-Drive announced its participation with a government-funded project to develop a market leading UK electric motorcycle capability with Triumph Motorcycles. The Innovate UK (BEIS funding) project is expected to run for two years and includes partners Williams Advanced Engineering and WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group based at the University of Warwick).
In addition to the new site, Integral Powertrain is currently upgrading its vehicle Emission & Driveline Test Facility. This will remain at its existing location in Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes. The enhanced facility will enable Integral Powertrain to offer clients enhanced RDE (Real Driving Emissions) services and testing to the latest WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) standards. The works include installation of a new Horiba Vulcan 4WD XtraCold Dynamometer and analysers.
Neil Tyagi, Chief Commercial Officer Integral Powertrain Ltd, added: “During the last four years we have achieved remarkable success as a company and this move, coupled with our ambitious growth plans, will generate further work in the area and offers our loyal and dedicated staff the security within our long term plans. It is, therefore, a very exciting move for the company and it is very important that we re-invest some of that success back into our infrastructure for further growth.”