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20 November 2019

SMI holds National Shipbuilding Strategy conference at the MTC

The National Shipbuilding Strategy called for an increase in shipyard and supply chain productivity to enhance UK competitiveness in export markets.

To enable the maritime industry to benefit from the support available to assist in improving productivity and exports, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) organised a full day conference at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).

IMG 2207The day provided insights into the support organisations and gave valuable contact time with them during the breaks and tour of the impressive MTC facilities.  Delegates were also able to get an update on the National Shipbuilding Strategy and an overview of the Type 31e project from Babcock the winning consortium bidder.

Peter French, Chair of the Maritime Enterprise Working Group said,

“The objective of the event was to raise awareness amongst the maritime supply chain of the breadth of support available to it, from initial research and innovation, through prototyping and production to the identification of market opportunities and export guarantees.  With the kind support of BEIS we were able to host the event at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, one of seven High Value Manufacturing Catapult facilities that offer un-paralleled access to expertise in manufacturing to aid in productivity improvements.”

IMG 2462Tom Chant, Director at the SMI added,

“The MTC talk about the “valley of death” moment where projects die when transiting from UK Universities to commercialisation. The support structure at the MTC moves companies from “experimental research to applied research and into technological implementation.   It’s not all about PHDs though, they have production line consultants available to walk your factory floor and discuss how the very leading edge solutions they work with could be applied to your business.  Just some of the areas they can work with you in are design and simulation, robotics, advanced tooling, electronics manufacturing, and additive “3D printing” manufacturing with polymers and metals.”

Please do get in touch with the SMI if you would like an introduction to the MTC.


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About The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI):

SMI is the voice of the UK’s maritime engineering and business sector promoting and supporting companies which design, build, refit and modernise ships, and supply equipment and services for all types of commercial and naval ships, ports and terminals infrastructure, offshore oil & gas, maritime security & safety, marine science and technology, maritime autonomous systems and marine renewable energy.  

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