Research and Development
Help is at hand for manufacturers seeking to invest in R&D around product and processes to drive growth. Peter Russell, head of manufacturing and industrials at Royal Bank of Scotland investigates how the Technology Strategy Board’s Catapult Centres provide manufacturers with a sound support package to ensure innovative ideas make it from drawing boards to market, while also challenging conventional wisdom on how UK manufacturing is done.
New centre at the National Renewable Energy Centre will be the first independent facility to test the next generation multi-megawatt turbines.
GW Pharmaceuticals, the biopharmaceutical company focused on developing cannabis-based therapeutics, has announced that Sativex, its treatment for spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis, has been determined by Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) that has a low potential for abuse and low risk of diversion.
Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever has signed a strategic research agreement with the University of Nottingham.
Coventry-based automotive specialist RDM Group was in the spotlight in Geneva, after helping Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) develop and build seven Electric Defender research vehicles.
Ekspan, a Sheffield based structural engineering company, has built a giant rig to test some of the largest wind turbines ever to be constructed.