Silverstone Park visit “of enormous value” for DIT’s automotive delegates

Silverstone Park visit “of enormous value” for DIT’s automotive delegates

07 March 2019

A Department for International Trade conference had continued Silverstone Park’s calendar of senior industry events for 2019.

DIT Automotive Sector Team delegates from eight countries visited the estate’s Innovation Centre in late February to hear from companies within the Silverstone Technology Cluster which specialise in cutting edge technologies.

The delegates represented embassies in Canada, China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, South Korea, Spain and the USA and their visit to Silverstone Park.

Ian Harrison, the DIT’s Director of Exports for the Midlands, explained: “The intention of this week-long visit to the UK was to equip our overseas teams with the knowledge, awareness and confidence to speak about our innovative UK automotive industry and its opportunities for investment and exports.

“The programme included visits to Silverstone and other UK centres of excellence, specifically designed to enhance knowledge and to experience first-hand UK capability and expertise in automotive technology development.

“The Silverstone Technology Cluster is at the heart of the UK automotive and motorsport industry and plays host to a whole range of innovative business at the cutting edge of technology development and engineering.”

And he added: “The visit was of enormous value to the delegates, helping them to not only understand UK R&D capability, but also how the sector is contributing to the Grand Challenges articulated in The Industrial Strategy.

“This includes Future of Mobility, and AI and data. It also helped to cement relationships with our regional partners and clusters and to hear from companies why they have chosen to invest in the UK.”

This was the DIT’s fourth visit to Silverstone Park in two years – two of those have included the presence of its Export Hub, used to advise the Silverstone business community seeking to trade overseas.

The senior industry events have continued since with a packed room – including business owners and finance community representatives – attending the STC’s first meeting of 2019 for its Autonomous, Connected, Electrified & Shared (ACES) special interest group (news coming soon on the STC website).

This and the DIT’s visit followed the first of the Park’s popular networking events for the Silverstone business community which attracted National Physical Laboratory’s Dr Claire Elliott as a guest speaker.

The next business networking event is on Thursday 28 March when Kieron Salter, award-winning MD of local tech company KW Special Projects will present to the audience.