France: Investing in university-level talent
In 2014, our global R&D centre in Montataire, France, ran a third automotive innovation competition for local engineering students. The project aims to build relationships with schools and colleges, as well as encouraging young people to tackle real-life problems. Ten specific challenges were presented to the students for 2014, all aimed at saving weight and retaining crash resistance in vehicles. These are very real issues for our automotive customers, and therefore for the R&D centre. Three schools and two universities took part.