Thursday, February 18, 2010

News: Businesses get together to tackle carbon emissions issue in Rotherham


Over 40 businesses involved with the advanced engineering and materials (AEM) sectors attended the second AEM Innovation Network event held at NAMTEC (the National Metal Technology Centre) in Rotherham recently.

The event looked at the ways that industry can work together to encourage innovation in low carbon vehicle technologies.

The main theme was to focus on how to access the £19m of Government funding that is available for suppliers into the automotive industry, as part of producing vehicles with lower carbon emissions.

Speakers at the event included Tim O'Brien from the TSB (Technology Systems Board), Colin Johnston from Materials KTN and Alan McLelland, AEM Director from NAMTEC.

Alan McLelland from NAMTEC said: "There are many businesses in this region that are involved with the supply chain to the automotive industry and it is therefore vital that they can collaborate, in order to take advantage of the opportunities that this presents.

"The next generation of vehicles need to consume less energy to manufacture and also less emissions to run. With the Government looking to award funding in the next few months for development projects in this area, the event was designed to give this region's manufacturers the opportunity to collaborate and put forward proposals to help develop vehicle technologies that will play a vital role in the future of the motor industry."

The AEM Innovation Network provides an opportunity for manufacturing businesses to benefit from research and development and to secure funding for this from organisations such as Business Link, the Technology Strategy Board and the European Regional Development Fund.

The next innovation event will be held during April and will be a workshop focused on the Modern Built Environment.

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