University to aid Longton Avia truck development 01 November 2012
Truck manufacturer Longton Avia is to collaborate with Staffordshire University on the development of its new Urban Tractor, which is aimed at short-haul and city deliveries.
A cross-faculty team at the university will provide input to the truck's design in areas ranging from telemetry to lightweight materials, and electric and hybrid powertrains.
"We have been in talks with Longton Avia since its inception [in the UK] and are delighted to be collaborating on such an exciting project that will ultimately result in new jobs and exciting opportunities for both our students and academics," reveals Dr Matthew Hocking, from the computing, engineering and sciences faculty at Staffordshire.
Over the next year, the Staffordshire University team will provide academic expertise, placement students and knowledge transfer to Longton Avia, he adds.
"The response from Staffordshire University has been timely and of immediate value," commetns Longton Avia sales director Jonathan Dale.
"We look forward to embedding their expertise in our company and forging a productive partnership for years to come."
Longton Avia sys it will be producing trucks from next year and adds that it is also working on a range of bespoke designs for fire and rescue services, vehicle recovery and other niche sectors.
Longton Avia UK Ltd
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