Williams bolsters Advanced Engineering business
UK prime minister David Cameron officially opened Williams' new Advanced Engineering facility, the result of an £8 million investment from the team over the last two years.
The facility, a 3800m/sq building located on the same site as the Williams Martini Racing team, is a state-of-the-art R&D site that can be used for one-off projects or low-volume production, accommodating up to 250 designers. Featuring a ground floor workshop, the facility features a number of confidential rooms where projects can be worked on in complete secrecy - vital given the nature of Williams Advanced Engineering's client base.
The aim of Williams Advanced Engineering is to "use technology, know-how and rapid development skills the team has honed in Formula One to deliver cutting-edge technology solutions to automotive, motorsport, transport and energy sectors".
Speaking at the launch on Friday, the prime minister said: "Formula One is a world beating, hi-tech industry and I am very proud that Britain and British engineers and designers play such a key role within it. Williams opening their Advanced Engineering facility in Oxfordshire is great news for the local area and a vote of confidence in our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and secure a better future for Britain".