Companies make a big effort to show off when it comes to their latest product innovations. In the automotive industry this may be around concept cars; in defence and energy, virtual reality simulation is all the rage; and in silicon foundries it may be pushing the limits of miniaturisation to maintain the march of Moore’s Law.
A new initiative launched today by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) is seeking innovative UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs) whose technology can be adapted and commercialised to solve societal and industry challenges in sectors that are new to the company.
Behind the effortless glamour of a luxury watch brand, modern watch manufacturing requires ultra-precision engineering and a finely honed sense of what to manufacture in-house and what to outsource. Dan Hayes hears the Bremont story from British watchmaker Giles English.
Coventry University has unveiled its multi-million-pound National Transport Design Centre, which aims to boost design innovation in the region’s automotive sector and bridge a shortfall in creative skills.
A recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) found that a third of British businesses are actively looking to suppliers in the UK to replace those in Europe, ahead of Brexit negotiations.
In a world where appliances last ten years and we replace our phones every two, it’s unusual to run into a company that produces components to last more than a quarter century. And with no maintenance required!