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UK engineering showcased at Silverstone

1 July 2015

A major Northamptonshire event took, bringing together some of the biggest names in engineering and highlighting the UK’s strength in multi-discipline high performance technology, including motorsport, automotive and linked sectors.  The second annual ‘Driving Technological Change’ event took place on Wednesday 1st July at Silverstone circuit.

Hosted by Joe Greenwell, CEO, Automotive Investment Organisation and former Chairman of Ford, the event celebrated the major significance of the UK’s motorsport, automotive, and engineering industry to a national and international audience; as well as looking at new opportunities for growth.

Organised by eight Local Enterprise Partnerships and supported by the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and the Society for Motor Manufactures and Traders (SMMT), the event hosted companies from across several regions, including a unique concentration of multiple disciplined engineering businesses.

Leading experts in the field delivered seminars based on the transferability of technologies. Major topics included how motorsport technology is driving innovation in the wider automotive sector and beyond, with intelligent transport networks and autonomous vehicles, new powertrain technology, the evolution of engine downsizing, advances in energy capture and the application of smart components and materials, as well as government support for new technologies.

Attending companies were able to ‘meet the buyer’, an opportunity to network with  international visiting companies, who will also be taking part in a three day technology tour, meeting leading UK engineering companies with complementary specialisms including MAHLE Powertrain, Cosworth and Mercedes AMG HPP.

Joe Greenwell, CEO, Automotive Investment Organisation and host of the event, says “Driving Technological Change’ is an ideal platform to showcase the strength of our engineering sector on an international scale. With Local Enterprise Partnerships helping to drive business growth and investment I’m sure that the UK will continue to be a global leader in innovation.”

Industry speakers included:

  • John Grant, Chairman, British Racing Drivers Club
  • Hal Reisiger, CEO, Cosworth
  • Chris Aylett, CEO, Motorsport Industry Association
  • Hugh Dickerson, Senior Head Automotive, Google
  • Simon Wilding, Programme Manager, Mercedes AMG HPP
  • Simon Reader, Engineering Director, MAHLE Powertrain
  • Roger Darlington, Research Manager, JLR
  • Lyndon Sanders, Director, Far Composites
  • Dominic Cartwright, MD, Prodrive
  • Mark Preston, Team Principal, Amlin Aguri Formula E Racing Team
  • Kevin Bursnall, Technical Director, RaceLogic
  • Chris Reeves, Commercial Manager, MIRA
  • Ian Cluett, Head of Programmes, Williams Advanced Engineering
  • Mark Amor Segan, Principal Engineer, Warwick Manufacturing Group

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