The completion of the Jaguar Land Rover acquisition by Tata Motors has been welcomed by the head of Warwick Manufacturing School, Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya.
Lord Bhattacharyya, who through the WMS works closely with Tata, said: "It is excellent news for the West Midlands.
"The region has seen so many cuts and demise in the automotive sector. But this shows there are a lot of good companies in the West Midlands when a world class group like Tata looks to come in."
Lord Bhattacharyya said Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata, was a "passionate" automotive enthusiast who had great technical knowledge. He said he believed staff and workers at Jaguar and Land Rover would warm to his "benign" management style.
"I am sure they will be delighted with Tata as their owner."
And Lord Bhattacharyya described Ravi Kant, chief executive of Tata Motors, who led the negotiations with JLR parent Ford, as an individual of "impeccable reputation".
Lord Bhattacharyya also said Tata had chosen "the best man for Jaguar and Land Rover" in promoting David Smith from acting chief executive to lead the companies.
"He is a man of tremendous integrity and has the support of the whole of Land Rover and Jaguar – a man who will get along with the workforce and get along with Tata.
"He does things quietly but he has a tremendous amount of talent. He is an inclusive man and I am sure everyone at JLR will be happy to work for him."
Lord Bhattacharyya also pointed out that Mr Smith also had good relations with Advantage West Midlands, being chairman of the regional development agency’s audit committee.
The appointment is thought to reflect Tata’s lack of experience in the luxury car sector and a willingness to trust people already working in the industry.
The announcement of the deal has also been hailed by component supply support agency, Accelerate.
Programme manager Rachel Eades said: "We are pleased that the agreement has now been officially signed, as it secures two premier automotive brands’ rightful position in the heart of the West Midlands.
"The opportunity now is to work with Tata to ensure that the supply chain meets future requirements and find out the best ways our local companies can continue to add value to the Jaguar and Land Rover cars."