Chinese automotive giant, Geely has signed an agreement with the UK’s University of Birmingham to collaborate on a range of education and research projects relating to efficient, green and sustainable mobility ecosystems.
Geely posted annual sales of over 2.14 million units in 2018, maintaining its position as the best-selling Chinese auto brand for passenger cars. Geely is one of China’s top vehicle manufacturers with more than 120,000 employees and comprises many well-known international brands including Geely Auto, Volvo Cars, Polestar, Lotus and London Electric Vehicle Company. The University of Birmingham is known for its engineering expertise, and has a world-standard research profile in combustion engines and low-carbon vehicle technology.
Professor Mei Wei, VP of the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group commented, “Innovation and creativity has been an important factor for Geely’s success. As one of the largest automotive groups we employ over 20,000 staff in R&D and design, and we have innovation and design centres in China, America, Asia and Europe, including the UK. It is exciting for Geely to add another influential partner, the University of Birmingham, to our global collaboration portfolio. Birmingham is one of the top 100 universities in the world, and I believe our relationship would draw on the complementary expertise and advantages to help us pursue our shared aspirations and visions.”
Professor Duncan Shepherd, head of the university’s department of mechanical engineering added, “Our world-leading research in automotive engineering involves collaboration with many industrial partners in the automotive industry. We look forward to developing this partnership to develop educational programmes, new employment opportunities for our graduate,s and new research projects.”