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Hey all,

Some of read the press release last month but MJk has asked me to exclusively post the picture up here on LEF. i have posted a copy of the original article again for those who haven't seen it.

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Lotus Engineering & KACST Cooperate to Establish Technology Base for the Automotive Industry in Saudi Arabia

Lotus, via its engineering division, has entered into a joint cooperation programme with KACST, the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology with the intention to promote the establishment of an ecologically driven automotive technology capability in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Lotus, with support from its parent company PROTON, has been commissioned to assist with the long term strategy of KACST to create an automotive research, development and test centre to support the manufacturing infrastructure within the Kingdom to help build its industrial capabilities and potentially utilise its vast natural resources. Lotus has already been involved in the first stage of this objective with the installation of a new engine and test cell facility in the Kingdom. This programme, which started in 2006, was commissioned with Lotus Engineering and uses the highly sophisticated Lotus Optical Research Engine.

His Excellency President Dr Mohammed Al Suwaiyel said, "The comprehensive strategy of KACST is to achieve automotive design, development and testing capability for Saudi Arabia within a ten-year period, commencing in 2008. A newly established team of highly skilled automotive engineers from KACST, Lotus and PROTON will also enable the partners to develop a technology base for the automotive industry in Saudi Arabia."

Mike Kimberley, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus Plc said, "Lotus and PROTON are committed to assisting KACST in achieving its objectives. The engine and test cell programme was the start of a successful relationship and the conclusion of this joint cooperative study will drive the total automotive industry strategy for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

PROTON Managing Director, Dato' Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir said the combined wealth of experience that Lotus and PROTON have will be beneficial for Saudi Arabia to develop its automotive development and manufacturing capability.

"PROTON has had the distinction of technology transfer from established automotive manufacturers as well as its own developed home-grown capabilities. Together with Lotus' engineering expertise, Saudi Arabia will have access to a greater depth of knowledge for the launch of its automotive industry," he added.

Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammad Al Saud, The Vice President for Research Institutes at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology said, "Lotus Engineering will take a lead role in the partnership supported by PROTON with continued expertise throughout the project. Lotus is a world leader in automotive technology and has extensive experience in engineering, manufacturing and testing facilities globally including many of the proving grounds in Europe and around the world. An Automotive Research Development Centre will be established in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with full testing facilities that can be used by other vehicle manufacturers."

To enhance the engineering and manufacturing skill base in Saudi Arabia, Lotus and PROTON will be providing training in all aspects of automotive engineering to KACST employees utilising facilities at the Lotus headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk, as well as PROTON's facilities in Malaysia.

Mike Kimberley said, "Lotus is ideally placed to support KACST as we have extensive experience in both niche and high volume vehicle and engine development and manufacture. Lotus Engineering continues to provide high technology engineering consultancy for the world's automotive industry and our world class research and development is unprecedented. We are pleased to be working closely with KACST and PROTON on this exciting challenge to initiate a technology base for the automotive industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to develop an infrastructure to increase the ecological capabilities of the industry."

Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammad Al Saud said, "The cooperation is consistent with the national industrial strategy and the mission of the industrial cluster programmes that emphasise the creation of an automotive industry in the Kingdom." He added; "We need to develop environment friendly technologies in order to sustain the utilisation of oil with less harmful effects to the environment."


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Does Mike kimberly never age?I have a photo of him in a book in about 1975 when he was in Florida USA with a group of lotus dealers showing them the stunning s1 Lotus Elite,and he looks the same today.Nice to see him going strong, and looking good,James/Antiques.

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