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Written by Ganesh   
Monday, 23 June 2008
Chennai: UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) ran a series of high profile advanced engineering events in Bangalore (19 May), Pune (21 May) and Chennai (23 May 2008). The focus was on the UK’s capability in 3 key technical areas - advanced materials; design engineering and advanced manufacturing.

These events showcased new technologies and the growing trade and investment market opportunities that exist for UK and Indian companies.

Professor Mike Gregory, Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge is also Head, Manufacturing and Management Division of the University Engineering Department.Experts from the UK advanced engineering sector who visited included Professor Mike Gregory from the University of Cambridge and a range of hi-tech UK firms including Prodrive, BAE Systems, Thales, Cobham, Renishaw and Delcam. The UK’s Advanced Engineering sector is one of the UK’s economic success stories bringing in billions of pounds to the national economy, while creating employment and growth.

Each event included keynote addresses from senior UK and Indian figures such as Professor Mike Gregory of Cambridge University, technology focused presentations, and one-to-one business meetings. The details of the events, seminar programmes, key speakers and UK firms visiting these centres are available at

UK companies that visited include:

The £1 billion Cobham: at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 70 years, improving communications and enhancing the performance of land, sea, air and space platforms

Prodrive: one of the world’s largest and most successful motorsport and vehicle technology businesses, with annual sales of more than $250 million and employing 900 staff in Europe, Australia and Asia-Pacific. It runs three motorsport programmes - Subaru World Rally Team in the World Rally Championship; Aston Martin Racing in world sports car racing; and Ford Performance Racing in the Australian V8 Supercar Series. The company also works with vehicle manufacturers to help them develop new technologies and performance vehicles for the road, and is increasingly involved in the aerospace, marine and defence industries, manufacturing specialist components for commercial passenger aircraft, satellites and racing yachts

SBAC: the UK's national trade association representing companies supplying civil air transport, defence, homeland security and space

Thales: world leader in mission-critical systems for the aerospace, defense and security markets

BAE Systems: the renowned global defence and aerospace company delivering systems for land air and sea applications

Delcam: Global leader in CAD/CAM software

Cinpres Gas Injection Limited : For molders, designers, mold makers or OEM users of plastic auto-parts. Cinpres offers a Product Assessment Report service, to assess the suitability and potential cost or productivity gains of using gas or water, using a unique production modelling software and MoldFlow analysis.

University of Manchester: The Company: The University of Manchester is one of the UK’s leading research led universities and boasts the largest School of Materials in Europe. Specialised research areas include nuclear materials, light alloys, ceramics, composites, biomaterials, nanoscale materials and textiles with a particular focus on damage evolution, corrosion, manufacturing and modelling. Interactions with Industry are recognised as some of the most significant and successful in the UK.

Paul Fabrications Limited: supplies the Aerospace and Nuclear market sectors. The components are complex formed sheetmetal, welded assemblies, with integrated machined details, manufactured from Titanium, Nimonic, Stainless Steel, and Aluminium Alloys.

Perrite: Serves the injection moulding and extrusion industries, Perrite supply standard products and custom compounded solutions for a diverse range of markets and applications. As a subsidiary of Vita Thermoplastic Compounds Division, Perrite can also provide a wider range of compounding possibilities for their customers.

West of England Aerospace Forum: WEAF is a trade association that champions and supports the interest of the aerospace and defence industry in the south west of England.

ACG Limited: Manufacturer / supplier of resin impregnated fibres and fabrics (pre-pregs) for use in structural applications and composite mould tooling. ACG also undertakes the manufacture of composite parts and mould tools on a build-to-print basis as well as accepting design contracts and fundamental R&D studies for complex composite tooling programmes.

Group Rhodes Ltd: Europe's leading manufacturers of Computer Numerically Controlled Metalforming Machinery and a specialist in the bespoke design of mechanical and hydraulic presses.

Comau Estil: Comau Estil is the UK operating division of Comau, the worlds largest systems integrator, and is dedicated to adding value to the operations of a host of OEM and Tier One manufacturers drawn primarily from the automotive and aerospace industries. It achieves this by providing cutting-edge solutions in systems integration, robotics.

Lyncolec Limited: High Technology Printed Circuit Manufacture & A Complete Management Partner. Lyncolec provides printed circuits in all aspects from commercial right through to Aerospace. Supplies many of the world’s Primes and OEM’s with prototypes and production.

UK Advanced Engineering Summit 2008 held in Bangalore, Pune and ChennaiUK Minister for Trade and Investment, Lord Digby Jones, who visited India with Prime Minister, Gordon Brown earlier this year, said: “The UK Advanced Engineering sector is ideally positioned as the hub of global growth, a base in which to invest, create and sell around the world.  Currently the UK is the world’s 6th largest manufacturer. Last year was a significant year for the sector as the UK sold more cars globally than ever before, making twice as many as we did just 25 years ago. There are many more great examples of UK expertise, such as the quality and innovation in our engineering capability — examples of these will be showcased in India this week. This sector and these 3 events clearly demonstrate the strengths of the UK as the business partner of choice. “

Professor Mike Gregory, Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge is also Head, Manufacturing and Management Division of the University Engineering Department. IfM was created to link science, engineering, management and economics and to integrate education, research and practice. There are now over 150 staff and research students and a further 120 undergraduate and Masters students. Mike Gregory's work is mainly on the interface between engineering, management and policy and he is actively involved in the Institute's work in these areas. He is heavily engaged in ensuring close University /Industry links and directs - with senior colleagues - the Institute's Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre.
External activities include:
•    Chairman of UK Manufacturing Professors Forum,
•    Member Executive Committee of ESRC Advanced Institute of Management, and
•    Chairman of the General Engineering Panel of the 2001 UK Research Assessment Exercise.


The UK advanced engineering sector contributes £160 billion a year in turnover within the automotive, aerospace and engineering industries.


•    7 out of the top 10 global vehicle makers and 17 of the top 20 auto-parts makers have a UK manufacturing presence;
•    The UK currently produces more cars than ever before in its history; over the last year car production has increased by nearly 12%
•    The UK leads the global motor sport industry with its unique cluster of high-performance engineering firms. 7 out of 11 Formula 1 racing teams in the world are based in the UK, these include Renault, Williams, Honda, McLaren, Red Bull Racing, Super Aguri and of course Force India.
•    There are some 2,200 companies in the motor sport industry; exports are worth £2 bn a year.
•    The automotive industry as a whole adds £ 10 billion annually to the UK economy

Global hub for cutting-edge technology and innovation

•    With just 1% of the world’s population, UK scientists claim around 10% of internationally recognised scientific prizes every year.
•    Many of the most successful innovations over the last 25 years have had key parts made, designed or developed in the UK. Some examples include - the internet, the cell phone with GSM services, General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and dual-mode 3G, the first programmable computer, fibre optics and the i-pod.
•    As the 6th largest manufacturing economy in the world, the UK is in the Premier League of global manufacturing. Manufacturing adds £150 billion a year to the UK economy, accounts for around 75% of UK business R&D and generates over 50% of UK exports; a key element is the UK’s advanced engineering sector.
•    Five UK institutions work with the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore to develop cutting-edge technologies. These include technologies for unmanned air-vehicles and micro-satellites, new high-temperature shape-memory alloys, new semiconductor nanotechnology and new ultra-thin coatings.


•    The UK’s aerospace sector is the second largest in the world; annual turnover of £ 20 billion and R&D investment of £3 billion.
•    UK-designed and manufactured engines are in service with over 600 airlines in the world; additionally, the space sector contributes around £ 7 billion to the UK economy.

UK firms in this sector are major overseas investors, increasingly so in India.

•    Hampson's factory in Bangalore makes turbochargers.
•    Caparo's factory near Chennai makes automotive components.
•    GKN's operation on the outskirts of Chennai makes driveshafts for vehicles.
•    UK firms involved in events in India this month are also significant investors. For example, Delcam, the largest developer of product design and manufacturing software in the UK started in India in the year 2000 with just 3 staff; today it has operations in 17 centres across India.
•    Renishaw, UK, a world leader in high-precision measurement, is another significant investor in India and earlier this year opened their new demonstration and training centre in Pune.

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