It’s all engineering …. Isn’t It ?
Engineering companies are increasingly redefining themselves away from making specific products or product ranges for particular sectors , but instead looking more closely at what their core expertise is , whether it’s in use of data , communication between different elements of a system, materials science or something else and using this expertise to develop solutions for a new business sector. In today’s world , companies need to be alert to new opportunities and carefully consider whether their unique area of competence could be translated elsewhere.
We will be bringing a series of case studies to the business community showcasing Cambridgeshire/Peterborough and Essex companies who have taken this step , showing their thought processes , their journey and lessons learned from it. This plays into regional plans for the creation of an industry-driven High-Value Design Group for the East of England, stimulating greater innovation through collaborating and growing value chains – and raising the profile of key sector strengths with HMG and investors alike.
Confirmed speakers so far :-
Paul Jackson – Managing Director of Forward Composites – Huntingdon
Following the demise of Lola Composites in 2012, which had significant expertise in composite engineering for the motorsport sector, the business was acquired from the administrator, and three years on is a growing composite business active in the aerospace, defence, automotive & motor sport sectors. Listen to where they came from and to where they are going…….
Dr. Pio Szyjanowicz, Head of Marketing & Partnerships – Cosworth Group - Cambridge
Cosworth’s performance electronics business was established as an offshoot from the University of Cambridge in 1987. The business pioneered the first “black box” data logger to be used in a racing car, and has become a leader in the transfer of motorsport electronics technologies into adjacent markets. Pio leads the group’s new product development activities which include a developing focus in connected and autonomous vehicles
Dr. Jason Lepley – Technical Lead - SELEX – Basildon
Part of the Italian company Finmeccanica Leonardo , one of the world’s largest defence and homeland security technology companies and the largest Italian investor in the UK – Jason is leading a programme based at Anglia Ruskin in Chelmsford to identify areas where SELEX’s expertise can be used to keep people alive in a different setting , in the healthcare sector.
Other speakers to be confirmed nearer the time. There will be plenty of time allowed for high-quality networking with your peers!