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Sector News

Sector News

Wanted: Innovative coating technologies for advanced manufacturing

The government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, is to invest up to £2 million for studies into new surface engineering and coating technologies that will help the UK to lead the way in advanced manufacturing.

The competition covers new technologies that could enhance the way components perform, such as improved anti-fouling, corrosion-protection and wear-resistance.

These technologies will improve the UK’s competitive advantage in advanced manufacturing and benefit industries such as aerospace, motor, energy and medical.

Autonomy and big data funding winners announced

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has selected the second round of winners of the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) Innovation Challenge, including 16 contracts with small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

In the largest ever Centre for Defence Enterprise-run funding competition, 24 projects have been selected that aim to address the challenges associated with using autonomy and big data in defence.

Funding boost for auto sector

Five new innovative projects to develop new low carbon and energy efficient technology in the automotive sector have been awarded £75 million of joint government and industry funding to help boost jobs and growth in the sector.

The funding has been awarded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre, a 10-year, £1 billion joint partnership between government and the automotive industry.

The five winning projects are expected to design new products and systems that will change technology used in the automotive sector from vans to high-end sports cars. They are:

New Catapult Centre announced by Chancellor


A new innovation centre in Wales will focus on compound semiconductors.

Leading British businesses, engineers and experts will come together in a new national innovation centre in Wales focussed on compound semiconductors, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced (7 January 2016) bringing vital investment and jobs to the area.

FREE workshop for R&D Managers in SMEs


Praxis Unico will be delivering a government funded FREE workshop for R&D Managers in SMEs who want to build effective collaborations with universities. PraxisUnico is the world-leading national professional association for knowledge exchange and commercialisation professionals working at the interface between Higher Education and business. 

Midlands Engine fires up innovation

Eleven LEP in the Midlands have joined forces for the first time to make the Midlands an 'engine' of growth.

The Midlands Engine prospectus – the first of its kind in the country – is the result of 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) coming together to "boost productivity, attract inward investment, increase connectivity and build a regional tourism offer".

Fasset Maintain key BSI certifications across Best Network


National FM provider, Fasset Ltd, is once again celebrating as ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and ISO 9001 (Quality Management) certifications are maintained across the BEST Network locations now under its management.

Fasset was initially engaged by BEST Network (Business Environments for Science and Technology) to implement, deliver and manage these key business certifications across the science, technology, research and agricultural space within the portfolio.

Blast off for UK-led spacecraft mission

The UK-led spacecraft mission, Lisa Pathfinder, which launched on Friday last week, will help to open up a new observational window into the gravitational Universe, by testing new technologies needed to measure gravitational waves in space.

Predicted by Albert Einstein, these waves are ripples in the curvature of spacetime produced by massive celestial events, such as the merging of black holes.

Multi-billion dollar innovation fund launched for clean tech

A new multi-billion dollar global clean tech fund launched in Paris last week is aiming to accelerate the “clean energy revolution.”

Mission Innovation aims to “reinvigorate and accelerate global clean energy innovation with the objective to make clean energy widely affordable”.

Countries participating in the initiative include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, the UK, United Arab Emirates, and the US.