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electric, EV, supply chain
The increase in electric vehicle numbers has come about because of a greater level of choice for drivers, a shift in the public’s attitude towards electric cars and a constantly improving public recharging network. Most vehicle manufacturers have electric vehicle programmes – from passenger cars to commercial vehicles and motorcycles.
To help prepare for this opportunity, Drive Midlands is staging a series of events for electric vehicle supply chain companies.
The first event sets the scene with an Foundation Day on Thursday March 16th 2017 at Warwick University.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see presentations by leaders from industry, academia and funding bodies.
To register for your FREE ticket click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-futures-bright-the-futures-electric-tickets-3199238007
Export, India, SME
The Midlands Engine, working in partnership with The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), is looking to help Midlands’ companies visit Automechanika New Delhi with a view to exhibiting in future years.
What to expect:
- A market and automotive briefing
- Access to an 18sqm GREAT branded, Midlands Engine Flexible Pod as part of the UK Pavilion
- Joint networking reception with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
- Transportation to and from the exhibition hall
- 2 meetings arranged with matched Indian automotive businesses
Register your interest
Please register your interest online at http://bit.ly/2jCga4n. We expect interest in this market visit to be high so please note that your place is not guaranteed until you receive confirmation.
Eligibility and Costs
The market visit is open to all Midlands exporters. If you are an SME you may be eligible for a travel grant of £550. A commitment fee of £250 + VAT for all delegates will cover some in-market event costs. Delegates need to meet their own flight and accommodation expenses.
For more information, please download the information pack below:
The IMechE have chosen Loughborough University to pilot a new placement scheme for engineering students studying IMechE accredited degree courses. The scheme allows the University to partner with, and award funding to, small businesses who can offer placement opportunities to Loughborough University students.
A £2,000 grant is available towards the cost of taking on a placement or a 12-week internship student and is payable to a small to medium sized business with less than 250 employees.
The employer should not have taken on a placement / intern student from Loughborough University previously, the student should be studying an IMechE accredited course, including:
- Aeronautical Engineering
- Automotive Engineering
- Engineering Management
- Innovative Manufacturing Engineering
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Product Design Engineering
Automotive Career Opportunities to be Highlighted at Autosport 2017.
The Network will be partnering with Formula Student to engage with attending Universities and students to highlight a range of career opportunities that available within our member companies.
Our exhibition stand will be manned by Network staff and senior management representatives from guest automotive companies, with a view to promoting careers in the low volume vehicle manufacturing industry, raising awareness of the opportunities available and inspiring young engineers to consider the advantages of working in SMEs.
This year our static vehicle display will focus on low volume off-road vehicles and will include displays from:
- Ariel Motor Company
- Rage Motorsport
- JE Motorworks
- Bowler Motorsport
Innovation within the niche automotive sector to be discussed at Autosport 2017.
Held at Autosport International at 1pm on Friday 13th January, in conjunction with Race Tech magazine, our short seminar will focus on race car technology which is finding its way into high performance UK-designed road cars.
Our speakers include:
- Alan Jenkins, CTO at Briggs Automotive Company, explaining how F1 and race car technology has been harnessed in the design and development of the Mono
- Paul Faithfull, MD at Potenza Technology, on how Formula E battery and motor technology is contributing to the development of high performance EV and hybrid road cars
- Simon Saunders, owner of Ariel Motor Company, with John Iley from TotalSim Ltd, on how advanced race-derived aerodynamics can play a part in supercar design.
The seminar is only 30 minutes but promises to be packed with fascinating technical insights and is free to attend – don’t miss it!