01 August 2011
01 August 2011
Umeco welcomed Lord Green, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, to its advanced composites R&D and manufacturing site in Heanor, Derbyshire, on Wednesday 27th July 2011.
Lord Green met with some of the Directors and personnel at Umeco’s Technology Centre where they say, after a presentation and discussion, he was guided around the site where the Group formulates, develops and tests its custom composites.
Nigel Blatherwick, Umeco Strategic Marketing Director, said “We were delighted to welcome Lord Green and members of UKTI to our Derbyshire facility, and for the opportunity to demonstrate Umeco’s world-leading composites R&D and manufacturing facilities. Lord Green was particularly interested in the variety of our products and the diverse range of applications across many advanced engineering sectors. And with 2012 on the horizon, he was intrigued to learn of sporting goods used by past and present Olympians made from advanced composite materials. We also explained the Company’s focus on export sales and our specific efforts in emerging markets such as China and Brazil”
Umeco explained how Lord Green was introduced to a variety of innovative product applications, including the Bloodhound SSC, a supersonic car project that will attempt to break the land speed record in 2013 and that aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Umeco is a project sponsor and is providing composite materials, tooling, and design and component manufacturing capability.
Lord Green said “With just a year to go to the 2012 Games, it was fascinating to see sports equipment made up of materials produced at this site. I congratulate Umeco on being one of the sponsors for the project which involves an attempt at the land speed record. This demonstrates the ambition and drive this company has to be involved in such an impressive venture. It is also encouraging to hear how Umeco is looking to emerging markets such as China and Brazil to increase sales and is leading the way for advanced engineering in the region and the UK.”
Nigel Blatherwick continued “We believe that this visit provided Lord Green with a great insight into the possibility for a UK company to lead the way into global markets for advanced manufacturing. We hope that he will share his experience with BIS and UKTI, and help promote composites manufacturing internationally.”
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