It's hoped the Toyota car being built in Derbyshire will safeguard jobs; welcome news for the car giant which has had a series of recalls.
New figures out today show that the Midlands is at the centre of a global sales boom and is making more cars this year than it did in 2011.
The University of Nottingham has unveiled a new research centre offering the expertise for manufacturing companies to develop business.
Richard Parry-Jones from the Automotive Council
Manufacturing companies are getting the chance to tap into some of the finest technical brains in the East Midlands. The University of Nottingham has unveiled a new research centre where scientists and engineers will help firms develop their business.
The Universities Minister David Willets today opened the five-million pound Institute for Advanced Manufacturing. Our correspondent Peter Bearne was there.
The University of Nottingham has today unveiled a new research centre offering the expertise to help manufacturing companies develop their business.