A new £5 million research centre that
will be at the cutting edge of new technology is to be housed in
Marconi and the University of Warwick have
unveiled plans to build the new centre on the university campus
in a unique partnership between business and research.
The exciting new project will create 200
jobs as the city takes the lead in photonics - a form of
transmitting information using light signals instead of wires.
Spokesman for the University of Warwick,
Peter Dunn, said:
"This sort of technology is going
to be the next big thing - it is, literally, technology at the
speed of light.
"It means a lot to Coventry and the
university to be on the cutting edge of something that is
going to be the future for items like computers and mobile
"There is nowhere else in the UK
where a partnership between a university and business is
taking place to lead the research in photonics, but we are
pleased to be working with a firm which will eventually use
this new technology in the market place.
"Elsewhere, universities are
conducting their own research and so are businesses. But the
University of Warwick and Marconi are working together to make
sure we stay ahead."
The new centre will be called the Marconi
Photonic Manufacturing Research Centre and will be built at the
Warwick Manufacturing Group at the university.
The project will be jointly funded by
Marconi and the university and is separate from the
communications company's plans for a research and development
site in Ansty.