Friday, October 4, 2013

News: Proving Factory up for innovation award


The Proving Factory, a £22m government-backed manufacturing initiative with a base in Rotherham, has been shortlisted for the UK Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders' (SMMT) annual Award for Automotive Innovation.

Part of Tata Steel's Brinsworth site in Rotherham will house the new component manufacturing facility as part of The Proving Factory that aims to bridge the gap (or "Valley of Death") between small enterprises developing leading edge low carbon technology and large vehicle manufacturers.

It will take low-carbon vehicle technologies designed by small, high-tech British companies and university research departments and prove their viability in production to increase their chances of being adopted by major motor manufacturers.

Led by industry experts, Productiv Limited, working closely with Tata Steel, technology will be developed by Bladon Jets, Flybrid, Torotrak, Drive Systems Design, Libralato and Magnomatics.

The Award showcases the UK's capabilities in automotive design and engineering by identifying exceptional innovations that have the potential to transform the industry.

Richard Jones, Proving Factory project manager at Tata Steel, said: "Our work in the Proving Factory is already beginning to show how Tata Steel, Productiv and our other partners can be a driving force in bringing low-carbon vehicle technologies to market. To have reached the shortlist of these awards is something the whole team can be proud of, and we look forward to the next round."

Richard Bruges, chief executive of Productiv, added: "The Proving Factory concept is a vital initiative in filling a gap in the automotive industry. This has already been recognised by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills in the industrial strategy, and we are delighted this has now been recognised at industry level too, through these prestigious awards."

The winner will be announced at the SMMT Annual Dinner on November 26.

Proving Factory website

Images: Sterecycle


Tom,  November 27, 2013 at 10:39 AM  

The Proving Factory missed out on the award, which instead went to Ford's 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine.

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