26 June 2017
The Silverstone Technology Cluster is ‘empowering’ the local high-tech business community and showcasing the region as an important part of UK plc say an ever-increasing number of senior engineering companies joining its membership.
Over 20 companies have now signed up to the STC, the not-for-profit company launched just six months ago to promote the region surrounding Silverstone which is a global hub for high-tech activity and capability.
When asked, companies say that they have been attracted by the opportunities being offered by the STC which includes opportunities to take part in high-tech networking such as the new special interest groups (SIGs). The latest SIG to be set up by the STC is focusing on computer aided engineering (CAE).
Details of how to join the STC can be found on the recently expanded SilverstoneTechnologyCluster.com website which also includes latest STC-related news, details of events and a ‘jobs board’ for members to post their latest opportunities.
Those members include Ilmor Engineering based at Brixworth, Northants – famous for its engineering work in motorsport, particularly engine design and manufacturing, but which has successfully used its racing expertise to diversify into other areas such as OEM automotive, defence, marine and energy efficient engine applications.
Head of Sales Stuart Cooper commented: “We’ve jumped at the chance to become part of the STC – what is being done is really empowering for the companies across the region in terms of networking, collaboration, development, exporting, recruitment and funding. The region is also being seen as a leader in technology that is so important for the UK economy. It just needed an organisation to bring all that together and it is finally starting to happen.”
OBP Special Ops, in Huntingdon, Cambs is an engineering design consultancy, developing and manufacturing products – many of them bespoke and specialised – in areas such as automotive, commercial, marine, military, motorsport and niche vehicle.
Managing Director Grant Lockhead enthused: “Joining the STC as a member was a no brainer to be honest. We’re an SME already doing well in engineering but the STC is going to open up so many more opportunities for all the high-tech companies within the cluster, particularly in terms of growth, skills and new technologies.
“The discussion and debate is provoking some really interesting ideas for the future in areas that are seen as playing a crucial role in the economy – the Government and industry are sitting up and taking notice which puts those involved in a great position to benefit when they start to become involved.”
Meanwhile Paul Waldron, Managing Director of Silverstone Park-based company EDM, underlined why STC represents a real opportunity for high-tech SMEs. EDM is a UK leader in wire and spark erosion – an application that cuts metals to create incredibly complex and intricate designs as supplied by clients.
He explained: “STC is very much about empowering the high-tech companies within a given region. It’s clear the people and organisations behind it are knowledgeable, well connected and determined to make this one of the UK’s stand-out industry clusters and of global significance.
“Why would any business specialising in engineering, technologies and manufacturing not want to be a part of that?”