New Chairman for Manufacturing Technology Centre

Former Motorola and BSI chairman move to Coventry’s Manufacturing Technology Centre. Sir David Brown, who was formerly chairman of both Motorola and the British Standards Institution, is all set to take on that same role at MTC. He will start his new position on 1 October, succeeding Alex Stephenson who has been chairman since 1 October 2016. Sir David said: “I have […]

JLR developing 3D tech to make driving safer

Jaguar Land Rover is developing technology which will beam real-time safety information in front of the driver and allow passengers to stream 3D movies direct from their seats. Engineers are working on a new 3D head-up display to project safety alerts, such as lane departure, hazard detection, sat nav directions, and to reduce the effect […]

Ideagen’s software helps RATP Dev USA reduce vehicle accidents

Nottinghamshire software company Ideagen has helped a major transportation company reduce vehicle accidents by 19%. RATP Dev USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of RATP Group which operates and maintains urban intercity transportation systems in 14 countries, launched its ‘drive2zero’ Safety Management System (SMS) last year and adopted Ideagen’s software. Coruson, Ideagen’s cloud-based system for enterprise […]

Midlands gets £19m boost for self-driving technology

The research and development of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) in the West Midlands has been given a £19m funding boost. Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said the additional money for the Midlands Future Mobility project would help ensure the CAV sector played an increasingly important role in building a “resilient and future-proof” […]

More than 50 miles of Birmingham and Coventry roads to test self-driving cars

The Midlands Future Mobility project has confirmed that more than 50 miles of roads across Birmingham and Coventry are to be used to test self-driving cars. The networked roads will be the largest, most diverse testing environment in the UK, with the deployment of new roadside infrastructure including smart vehicle monitoring, data analytics and 5G […]

Warwick uni manufacturing group opens centre of AI expertise

The manufacturing department at the University of Warwick is opening a centre to allow the industry to allow businesses to collect and handle large volumes of digital information, with the aim of gaining competitive insights through artificial intelligence methods. The Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG)’s Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence will be contained within the university’s existing buildings, and […]

ByteSnap in Consortium to Develop Pioneering V2G Technology

ByteSnap and consortium partners begin breakthrough V2G development project   We’re pleased to announce that ByteSnap and a consortium of partners have been awarded a two-year collaborative project, VIGIL (Vehicle-to-Grid Intelligent Control), under a Vehicle-to-Grid competition, funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). […]

Nottingham University’s robotics research centre is complete

Work on the University of Nottingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Building has been completed after a year-long construction project.  The £30mn (US$42.7mn) facility will focus high-tech and innovative 3D printing and robotics research, as it targets manufacturing of the future. The site will become a global hub for the leading minds working on advanced technology, as it hosts meetings, […]

Portech implements new stock take system for Webster and Horsfall

Webster and Horsfall, a 297-year-old Birmingham company at the forefront of wire manufacturing, has transformed its stock taking with a new stock management system from mobile computer solutions provider Portech Systems. Responsible for the first ever transatlantic cable and based in the city of Birmingham, Webster and Horsfall combines its wealth of experience with state […]

Dividend increase for Sanderson after strong half year

Software and IT group, Sanderson has declared a 10% increase in interim dividend following a strong half year. The Coventry-based group, which supplies digital retail technology and enterprise software for the manufacturing, wholesale distribution and logistics sectors, saw revenue growth 10% to £10.9m (H1 2016: £9.86m) in the half year to March 31, 2017. Operating […]

RDM Group exports autonomous vehicle expertise to the US

RDM Group’s has signed a collaborative agreement with one of the world’s largest design and consulting firms for the built environment. The Coventry-based manufacturing specialist has teamed up with Arup to pursue a number of transportation and autonomous vehicle projects currently being discussed in the United States. This collaboration follows a successful partnership in the […]

Jaguar Land Rover’s zero emission vehicle technology secures £2.5 million

Jaguar Land Rover has secured £2,678,138 for its project to develop zero emission vehicle technology. The sum is part of the government’s £109.7 million national funding to help develop the next generation of driverless and low-carbon vehicles. Coventry-based JLR is one of seven projects to share the latest round of funding from the Advanced Propulsion […]

Nottingham company secures public funding for driverless tech

Romax Technology, based at Nottingham Innovation Park, has become part of a £109 million drive by the Government to invest in driverless and low carbon projects. It is one of seven businesses in the UK who have won £16.7 million of funding from the Government’s Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) to advance the development […]

UK government announces £55 million funding for driverless car testing cluster

The government has announced the first phase of its £100 million investment in connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) testing infrastructure, as it aims to established the UK as a centre of autonomous vehicle technology. The government made a commitment in the 2016 Autumn Statement to develop ‘world-class’ CAV testing infrastructure, and the test bed will […]

Global 3D printing firm Xaar moves to Nottingham

An industrial inkjet technology company has announced it will move into Nottingham – where it will open a 3D printing centre. Xaar, which is headquartered in Cambridge, will offer 3D printing services and equipment to manufacturers, material suppliers and end users. Professor Neil Hopkinson, who invented high-speed sintering (HSS) technology – which is up to […]