May 2016

Innovation showcase

The European edition of Tata InnoVista 2016 saw presentations on inspiring innovations by various Tata companies across Europe with the best ideas being awarded

Pioneers, company executives and passionate innovators gathered at Ashorne Hill, Leamington Spa, in the UK, on March 7, for another successful European edition of Tata InnoVista. Organised by the Tata group technology and innovation office, and hosted by the Tata Network Forum (Europe), Tata InnoVista is a group-wide annual initiative that celebrates the most innovative and creative ideas.

Highlights of Tata InnoVista 2016, Europe edition, held at Ashorne Hill, UK

The day’s main activity comprised 17 presentations of groundbreaking and inspiring innovations developed across Tata companies in Europe, with teams competing for a trip to the global InnoVista finals in Mumbai on April 24, 2016. The presentations spanned across a variety of categories, including: ‘new product’, ‘support process’, ‘services enabling’ and ‘dare to try’ — an award which recognises the value in testing and developing new ideas,even if ultimately they do not succeed commercially.

The winners, chosen by a panel of expert judges made up of Dr Richard Miller, deputy director of innovation in industry at Innovate UK; Rhydian Pountney, general manager for rest of world sales at Renishaw PLC; Dr John Richmond, chief engineer at mechanical and energy systems in the Tata group technology and innovation office; and Professor Sridhar Seetharaman, who works on physio-chemical aspects of iron and steel at the WMG, were as follows:

  • Dare to try: Jaguar Land Rover for LANDS - sustainable material development.
  • Dare to try: Jaguar Land Rover for wheel-based tyre cavity noise resonators.
  • Dare to try: Tata Steel (Europe) for thin HDG to develop automotive sandwich steelite.
  • Core process: Jaguar Land Rover for virtualisation of low speed impact requirements.
  • New product: Tata Global Beverages for launch of Tetley Super Green Tea and Super Fruits.
  • Services enabling: Tata Consultancy Services for event-driven architecture.
  • Support process: Jaguar Land Rover for immersive augmented reality experience.

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