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    The R&D vision is clear: we want to maintain our position as a high quality, innovative, global technology resource. Our Research & Development (R&D) team is central to our success, working in close alliance with our business and corporate partners to combine inventiveness with cutting-edge technology and deliver steel products fit for the twenty-first century.
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    Tata Steel Innovation Journey

    We invest heavily in our people in order that R&D can support some of the finest minds in the industry. Yet innovation is more than just creative thinking. It relies on a deep understanding of our customers’ businesses and the marketplaces they operate within. We recognise that market demands mean that our customers’ needs are constantly evolving, so we work with them closely, in order to fully understand their complex requirements. We invest in sustainable collaborative business relationships. Our innovative steel products and solutions allow them to fully exploit design and application possibilities, supported by competent and accessible technical experts.

    No challenge is too great. Using state-of-the-art technology we can respond creatively and proactively to the challenges our clients face, driving continual improvements to the quality, performance and range of our steel solutions. Twenty-first century ‘metal solutions’ demand twenty-first century infrastructure, so we continually upgrade our manufacturing processes and use the very latest methods in process analysis and design, product design, modelling/simulation, and prototyping and application development. Our large-scale test facilities allow new products to be tested on an industrial scale, whether that is packaging manufacture, the production of blanks for car parts, welding of components, or corrosion testing of structures.
    Our commitment to Research and Development is evidenced in our workforce: we employ almost 1,000 researchers across Britain, the Netherlands and India and work in close collaboration with universities and research institutes across the globe.

    Wide Funnel Approach

    Our innovation funnel benefits from encouraging the in-flow of a wide range of ideas with staff being allocated time to develop these for potential inclusion in the main R&D programme. This approach recognises the creative imperative of innovation and allows our people to trial a variety of ideas in order to find the perfect synergy between inventiveness and strategy that leads to true advancement.  Not all ideas will be successful – but that is part of the research challenge and allows our researchers the space to continually demonstrate their expertise.

    Building the Future of Steel

    At Tata Steel, we are proactively building the future of steel – and more. With an eye always at least 10 years ahead, we anticipate the challenges our industry – and our supply chains – will face so we are uniquely placed to ensure that our products are future-fit and responsive to change.

    We promote a culture that is open, inclusive and inspirational. Our goal is to deliver tangible commercial benefits that are measurable and applicable in real-life situations. The work we do creates genuine commercial advantage for our clients and for ourselves; and the diversity inherent to the role means that it is uniquely satisfying.

    Highlights

    Our Research & Development activity relates to every stage of the production process, from the preparation of raw materials to the processing of the final product by Tata Steel customers. Our specialised areas of research expand across the full spectrum of metal processing and production, including steelmaking and casting, rolling, coating, welding and applications research, in sectors such as automotive, construction, aerospace and packaging, offering our people an enormous portfolio of projects.

    We are heavily focused on process improvements and new product development and our success in these areas is dependent on our in-depth understanding the raw materials we use and how they are processed. We invest in research into the way that steel interfaces, bonds and reacts in diverse situations and this commitment to the fine detail ensures we work on the right projects in pursuit of customer satisfaction and product added value.
    We have a team working on completely new steelmaking processes.  This breakthrough technology is a £multi-million and multi-partner European programme called HIsarna and will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 25% in our steel plants of the future.

    Recent commercial successes have included the development of advanced side door-impact beams for the automotive industry. Our innovations have improved shock absorption and crash performance for a variety of clients and, most importantly, enhanced the safety of millions of drivers and passengers around the world. We have also developed fire resistant steel products for use in the building trade. Effective up to temperatures of 600⁰C, this product meets structural fire resistant requirements in large engineering structures such as airports, stadia and railway stations.

    Locations

    Tata Steel Research & Development operates from centres in three countries, providing a top class capability for world-wide manufacturing and commercial operations. In NL we have the IJmuiden Technology Centre on the site of our integrated steelworks, in India there is the integrated Research & Development and Scientific Services group and in the UK we are consolidating our historic R&D activities onto the University of Warwick campus.

    The relocation to the University of Warwick is expected to be completed by 2018 and will bring together the research excellence and expertise of both Tata Steel and the University, in brand new, state-of-the-art facilities. This partnership will ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of the international iron and steel research agenda and provide exhilarating career opportunities for our people.

    The University of Warwick

    The University of Warwick are separately establishing a £20m Advanced Steel Research Centre to be led by Professor Sridhar Seetharaman, who serves as the Tata Steel Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Low Carbon Materials. The new Centre will feature cutting-edge research facilities, including advanced characterisation facilities and will allow Tata Steel, in partnership with the University, to continue to innovate and develop sustainable products that drive competitive advantage for their clients and partners.

    The Centre’s research will span the disciplines of materials science, physics, chemistry, mechanical and chemical engineering, manufacturing, mathematics, statistics and computer science to address challenges across the full range of steel application sectors, including automotive, construction, energy & power, engineering and lifting & excavating.
    The University campus also plays host to significant Tata Group presence from Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors European Technical Centre, and the nearby Tata Technologies, providing great opportunity for group research collaborations.

    It is expected that there will be a need to fill around 90 vacancies during the relocation period, in sectors including coatings, application (including CAD), and heavy welding (construction).

    The Next Generation of Automotive Innovation


    The automotive industry is fiercely competitive. Car manufacturers are constantly searching for the next innovation that can power performance. Changing environmental legislation means that new technologies to improve fuel economy and reduce (CO2) emissions are vital.  

    Tata Steel has been a supplier of Vanard steels for automotive components for over 30 years. Vanard® Ultra is the latest high performance product developed by our R&D team,  in collaboration with Tata Steel’s Speciality Steels business. It is a high strength steel, designed to deliver a new generation of high performance connecting rods.

    Here’s the spec: Vanard® Ultra is a medium C ferrite-pearlite ‘clean’ steel, microalloyed to cause interphase precipitation. This precipitation has a hardening effect, caused by air cooling after forging, which increases yield and tensile strength. The result? An optimised microstructure for high strength, in a range of connecting rod sizes, without the need for heat treatment. The controlled microstructure also minimises component machining and helps to simplify product assembly.

    Vanard® Ultra is the result of extensive laboratory work and successful plant trials at a commercial forger. The commercialisation of Vanard Ultra is currently in progress as part of engine trials which are being carried out by an automotive vehicle manufacturer.


    Developing high performance on the side


    Side door-impact beams (SIB) in vehicles provide shock absorption in case of impact from the sides and therefore provide better crash performance. But developing products that can perform consistently and meet commercial customer requirements is a challenge.

    The Product Group of R&D in Jamshedpur, working with the Tubes division, has developed a medium carbon, boron-added hot rolled thin strip (1.6mm thickness) steel to meet the unique demands of this specific area of the vehicle.

    The process involves hot rolling to the required specifications and tube-making. These tubes are then sent through an additional processing phase to further harden the steel to achieve the right level of performance. Final heat treatments parameters are optimised to meet the exact properties desired by our customers.

    In conclusion, the products are a success both from a process and a commercial perspective. Steel has been successfully made and rolled, followed by tube making and final heat treatments. Excellent final properties were obtained and met all the customer requirements.


    Tata Steel R&D Showcase



    Click here to access the pdf version

    Materials Engineers

    Our Materials Engineers come from diverse specialisms: metallurgists, metallurgical engineers, ceramic engineers and welding engineers. Together, they form a team with the knowledge, expertise and talent to deliver products that meet specialized design and performance specifications. Creative, innovative and imaginative, they’re simultaneously practical, pragmatic and product-focused, delivering evaluations, specialist machinery and processes that inspire new uses for known materials.

    Within this role, you will find yourself working with advanced equipment. Our laboratories are home to bar mills, jar mills and rod mills; electrostatic separators; high-tension separators; isodynamic separators; and magnetic separators. We also use tension testers, systems and chambers for high temperature and high vacuum testing. Balling drums and twin-screw extruders are also important tools used by our Engineers.
    This combination of advanced technology and process means that we recruit Engineers from a number of backgrounds. A background in Engineering and Technology or Process and Production will give you an understanding of the principles, techniques, procedures and equipment used in design and production. A Chemistry background provides insight into composition, structure and substance properties. Subjects such as Mathematics and Physics can help you to understand the physical principles, laws and relationships that govern processes and science. All of these disciplines can provide a strong foundation for a career as a Materials Engineer.

    Apply now

    Materials Scientists

    Our Materials Scientists gain new insight into how natural and synthetic composite materials can be applied. These include metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers and glass. You will identify how materials can be combined or strengthened, developing composites with specific new properties for use in our products.

    Potential roles include Glass Scientists, Ceramic Scientists, Metallurgical Scientists and Polymer Scientists. In all of these roles, you will perform experiments on the structures and properties of materials, conducting research, developing computer models and turning your findings into feasibility reports, new product proposals and technical manuals.

    You will gain exposure to a diverse array of leading-edge equipment. We use the latest laboratory kit such as abrasion testers, nitrogen furnaces, nanoscope atomic force microscopes and dielectric spectrometers. We also deploy the latest analytical and scientific software So we are looking for people who can bridge the gap between practical chemistry skills and an appreciation of technology, mathematical theory and the skills to draft accurate reports and manuscripts. Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics are all good starting points. But you need to combine those with a clear appreciation of Engineering and Technology – and good English Language, grammar and writing skills.  

    Apply now

    Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians

    Nanotechnology is helping to make our steel products stronger, more durable and more cost-effective. Our Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians operate commercial-scale production equipment, working closely with Nanoscientists, Engineers and Technologists to produce, test or modify materials, devices or systems of molecular or macromolecular composition.

    We believe that the highest levels of technical innovation can only be achieved with the best equipment. The teams at Tata use a range of Scanning Probe and Electron Microscopes, Spectrometers and Semiconductor Process Systems, in tandem with analytical, scientific and photo-imaging computer software. You will be at the heart of the process, calibrating equipment, writing process specifications and compiling reports on experiments or applications.

    The range of tools and equipment allows us to approach challenges with different techniques, for example: interference fitting, solvent bonding, adhesive bonding, heat sealing, or ultrasonic welding. So the people who suit our teams are adaptable, resourceful and methodical in their approach, capable of ensuring that laboratory processes are followed and experiment results are recorded accurately.

    Apply now

    Non-Destructive Testing Specialists

    Our Testing procedures are rigorous, robust and detailed. Our Specialists use x-ray, ultrasound, fibre-optic and other related equipment, testing the safety of structures, vehicles and vessels in accordance with applicable codes, standards, specifications or procedures.

    We are looking for people from a Mathematics, Engineering or Technology background who can apply their skills and knowledge to the design and production of various goods and services. Knowledge of engineering science, production processes and quality control is important, with a clear understanding of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and calculus. At the same time, we are looking for good customer service skills too, with knowledge of the methodology required to assess customer needs, meet quality standards and measure customer satisfaction.
    This role requires the use of software technology, such as CAD design/photo-imaging software, and tools such as micrometers, oscilloscopes, radiation detectors and x-ray equipment. You must be able to select, calibrate and operate equipment, and apply Non-Destructive testing techniques to a wide range of structures and vehicles, such as: aircraft, trains, nuclear reactors, bridges, dams, and pipelines. You will also be able to interpret and identify the results of testing, such as acoustic emission, electromagnetic, leak, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, neutron radiographic, radiographic, thermal or infrared, ultrasonic, vibration analysis, and visual testing.

    Apply now

    Overview

    Tata Steel Innovation Journey

    We invest heavily in our people in order that R&D can support some of the finest minds in the industry. Yet innovation is more than just creative thinking. It relies on a deep understanding of our customers’ businesses and the marketplaces they operate within. We recognise that market demands mean that our customers’ needs are constantly evolving, so we work with them closely, in order to fully understand their complex requirements. We invest in sustainable collaborative business relationships. Our innovative steel products and solutions allow them to fully exploit design and application possibilities, supported by competent and accessible technical experts.

    No challenge is too great. Using state-of-the-art technology we can respond creatively and proactively to the challenges our clients face, driving continual improvements to the quality, performance and range of our steel solutions. Twenty-first century ‘metal solutions’ demand twenty-first century infrastructure, so we continually upgrade our manufacturing processes and use the very latest methods in process analysis and design, product design, modelling/simulation, and prototyping and application development. Our large-scale test facilities allow new products to be tested on an industrial scale, whether that is packaging manufacture, the production of blanks for car parts, welding of components, or corrosion testing of structures.
    Our commitment to Research and Development is evidenced in our workforce: we employ almost 1,000 researchers across Britain, the Netherlands and India and work in close collaboration with universities and research institutes across the globe.

    Wide Funnel Approach

    Our innovation funnel benefits from encouraging the in-flow of a wide range of ideas with staff being allocated time to develop these for potential inclusion in the main R&D programme. This approach recognises the creative imperative of innovation and allows our people to trial a variety of ideas in order to find the perfect synergy between inventiveness and strategy that leads to true advancement.  Not all ideas will be successful – but that is part of the research challenge and allows our researchers the space to continually demonstrate their expertise.

    Building the Future of Steel

    At Tata Steel, we are proactively building the future of steel – and more. With an eye always at least 10 years ahead, we anticipate the challenges our industry – and our supply chains – will face so we are uniquely placed to ensure that our products are future-fit and responsive to change.

    We promote a culture that is open, inclusive and inspirational. Our goal is to deliver tangible commercial benefits that are measurable and applicable in real-life situations. The work we do creates genuine commercial advantage for our clients and for ourselves; and the diversity inherent to the role means that it is uniquely satisfying.

    Highlights

    Our Research & Development activity relates to every stage of the production process, from the preparation of raw materials to the processing of the final product by Tata Steel customers. Our specialised areas of research expand across the full spectrum of metal processing and production, including steelmaking and casting, rolling, coating, welding and applications research, in sectors such as automotive, construction, aerospace and packaging, offering our people an enormous portfolio of projects.

    We are heavily focused on process improvements and new product development and our success in these areas is dependent on our in-depth understanding the raw materials we use and how they are processed. We invest in research into the way that steel interfaces, bonds and reacts in diverse situations and this commitment to the fine detail ensures we work on the right projects in pursuit of customer satisfaction and product added value.
    We have a team working on completely new steelmaking processes.  This breakthrough technology is a £multi-million and multi-partner European programme called HIsarna and will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 25% in our steel plants of the future.

    Recent commercial successes have included the development of advanced side door-impact beams for the automotive industry. Our innovations have improved shock absorption and crash performance for a variety of clients and, most importantly, enhanced the safety of millions of drivers and passengers around the world. We have also developed fire resistant steel products for use in the building trade. Effective up to temperatures of 600⁰C, this product meets structural fire resistant requirements in large engineering structures such as airports, stadia and railway stations.

    Locations

    Tata Steel Research & Development operates from centres in three countries, providing a top class capability for world-wide manufacturing and commercial operations. In NL we have the IJmuiden Technology Centre on the site of our integrated steelworks, in India there is the integrated Research & Development and Scientific Services group and in the UK we are consolidating our historic R&D activities onto the University of Warwick campus.

    The relocation to the University of Warwick is expected to be completed by 2018 and will bring together the research excellence and expertise of both Tata Steel and the University, in brand new, state-of-the-art facilities. This partnership will ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of the international iron and steel research agenda and provide exhilarating career opportunities for our people.

    The University of Warwick

    The University of Warwick are separately establishing a £20m Advanced Steel Research Centre to be led by Professor Sridhar Seetharaman, who serves as the Tata Steel Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Low Carbon Materials. The new Centre will feature cutting-edge research facilities, including advanced characterisation facilities and will allow Tata Steel, in partnership with the University, to continue to innovate and develop sustainable products that drive competitive advantage for their clients and partners.

    The Centre’s research will span the disciplines of materials science, physics, chemistry, mechanical and chemical engineering, manufacturing, mathematics, statistics and computer science to address challenges across the full range of steel application sectors, including automotive, construction, energy & power, engineering and lifting & excavating.
    The University campus also plays host to significant Tata Group presence from Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors European Technical Centre, and the nearby Tata Technologies, providing great opportunity for group research collaborations.

    It is expected that there will be a need to fill around 90 vacancies during the relocation period, in sectors including coatings, application (including CAD), and heavy welding (construction).

    Case Studies

    The Next Generation of Automotive Innovation


    The automotive industry is fiercely competitive. Car manufacturers are constantly searching for the next innovation that can power performance. Changing environmental legislation means that new technologies to improve fuel economy and reduce (CO2) emissions are vital.  

    Tata Steel has been a supplier of Vanard steels for automotive components for over 30 years. Vanard® Ultra is the latest high performance product developed by our R&D team,  in collaboration with Tata Steel’s Speciality Steels business. It is a high strength steel, designed to deliver a new generation of high performance connecting rods.

    Here’s the spec: Vanard® Ultra is a medium C ferrite-pearlite ‘clean’ steel, microalloyed to cause interphase precipitation. This precipitation has a hardening effect, caused by air cooling after forging, which increases yield and tensile strength. The result? An optimised microstructure for high strength, in a range of connecting rod sizes, without the need for heat treatment. The controlled microstructure also minimises component machining and helps to simplify product assembly.

    Vanard® Ultra is the result of extensive laboratory work and successful plant trials at a commercial forger. The commercialisation of Vanard Ultra is currently in progress as part of engine trials which are being carried out by an automotive vehicle manufacturer.


    Developing high performance on the side


    Side door-impact beams (SIB) in vehicles provide shock absorption in case of impact from the sides and therefore provide better crash performance. But developing products that can perform consistently and meet commercial customer requirements is a challenge.

    The Product Group of R&D in Jamshedpur, working with the Tubes division, has developed a medium carbon, boron-added hot rolled thin strip (1.6mm thickness) steel to meet the unique demands of this specific area of the vehicle.

    The process involves hot rolling to the required specifications and tube-making. These tubes are then sent through an additional processing phase to further harden the steel to achieve the right level of performance. Final heat treatments parameters are optimised to meet the exact properties desired by our customers.

    In conclusion, the products are a success both from a process and a commercial perspective. Steel has been successfully made and rolled, followed by tube making and final heat treatments. Excellent final properties were obtained and met all the customer requirements.


    Tata Steel R&D Showcase



    Click here to access the pdf version

    Roles

    Materials Engineers

    Our Materials Engineers come from diverse specialisms: metallurgists, metallurgical engineers, ceramic engineers and welding engineers. Together, they form a team with the knowledge, expertise and talent to deliver products that meet specialized design and performance specifications. Creative, innovative and imaginative, they’re simultaneously practical, pragmatic and product-focused, delivering evaluations, specialist machinery and processes that inspire new uses for known materials.

    Within this role, you will find yourself working with advanced equipment. Our laboratories are home to bar mills, jar mills and rod mills; electrostatic separators; high-tension separators; isodynamic separators; and magnetic separators. We also use tension testers, systems and chambers for high temperature and high vacuum testing. Balling drums and twin-screw extruders are also important tools used by our Engineers.
    This combination of advanced technology and process means that we recruit Engineers from a number of backgrounds. A background in Engineering and Technology or Process and Production will give you an understanding of the principles, techniques, procedures and equipment used in design and production. A Chemistry background provides insight into composition, structure and substance properties. Subjects such as Mathematics and Physics can help you to understand the physical principles, laws and relationships that govern processes and science. All of these disciplines can provide a strong foundation for a career as a Materials Engineer.

    Apply now

    Materials Scientists

    Our Materials Scientists gain new insight into how natural and synthetic composite materials can be applied. These include metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers and glass. You will identify how materials can be combined or strengthened, developing composites with specific new properties for use in our products.

    Potential roles include Glass Scientists, Ceramic Scientists, Metallurgical Scientists and Polymer Scientists. In all of these roles, you will perform experiments on the structures and properties of materials, conducting research, developing computer models and turning your findings into feasibility reports, new product proposals and technical manuals.

    You will gain exposure to a diverse array of leading-edge equipment. We use the latest laboratory kit such as abrasion testers, nitrogen furnaces, nanoscope atomic force microscopes and dielectric spectrometers. We also deploy the latest analytical and scientific software So we are looking for people who can bridge the gap between practical chemistry skills and an appreciation of technology, mathematical theory and the skills to draft accurate reports and manuscripts. Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics are all good starting points. But you need to combine those with a clear appreciation of Engineering and Technology – and good English Language, grammar and writing skills.  

    Apply now

    Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians

    Nanotechnology is helping to make our steel products stronger, more durable and more cost-effective. Our Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians operate commercial-scale production equipment, working closely with Nanoscientists, Engineers and Technologists to produce, test or modify materials, devices or systems of molecular or macromolecular composition.

    We believe that the highest levels of technical innovation can only be achieved with the best equipment. The teams at Tata use a range of Scanning Probe and Electron Microscopes, Spectrometers and Semiconductor Process Systems, in tandem with analytical, scientific and photo-imaging computer software. You will be at the heart of the process, calibrating equipment, writing process specifications and compiling reports on experiments or applications.

    The range of tools and equipment allows us to approach challenges with different techniques, for example: interference fitting, solvent bonding, adhesive bonding, heat sealing, or ultrasonic welding. So the people who suit our teams are adaptable, resourceful and methodical in their approach, capable of ensuring that laboratory processes are followed and experiment results are recorded accurately.

    Apply now

    Non-Destructive Testing Specialists

    Our Testing procedures are rigorous, robust and detailed. Our Specialists use x-ray, ultrasound, fibre-optic and other related equipment, testing the safety of structures, vehicles and vessels in accordance with applicable codes, standards, specifications or procedures.

    We are looking for people from a Mathematics, Engineering or Technology background who can apply their skills and knowledge to the design and production of various goods and services. Knowledge of engineering science, production processes and quality control is important, with a clear understanding of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and calculus. At the same time, we are looking for good customer service skills too, with knowledge of the methodology required to assess customer needs, meet quality standards and measure customer satisfaction.
    This role requires the use of software technology, such as CAD design/photo-imaging software, and tools such as micrometers, oscilloscopes, radiation detectors and x-ray equipment. You must be able to select, calibrate and operate equipment, and apply Non-Destructive testing techniques to a wide range of structures and vehicles, such as: aircraft, trains, nuclear reactors, bridges, dams, and pipelines. You will also be able to interpret and identify the results of testing, such as acoustic emission, electromagnetic, leak, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, neutron radiographic, radiographic, thermal or infrared, ultrasonic, vibration analysis, and visual testing.

    Apply now