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industry good chain events
One of the key roles of GTMA is to bring buyers and suppliers together — to give suppliers information on sectors and their needs; to give buyers access to the over 4000 manufacturing products and services on the GTMA website. We call it Buyer:Supplier Connect.
The Government’s industrial strategy came under fire from MPs on the Business Select Committee. A report said the Strategy was ignoring traditional industries in favour of high tech and fast-moving sectors. It cited the steel sector which had been failed by the strategy, with its proposals “misrepresented.” The report said steel companies' energy bills are twice as high as its competitors in Europe but the Government “is unwilling to meet the industry's requests.”
Even where industries had agreed sector deals there were problems. The process was “lengthy and confusing” and likened to “playing darts blind- folded”. The criteria for securing a deal, said the report, was “broad enough that sectors are confident they can meet them, but vague enough that the Government can deny them”. The Government responded: "We will consider the Select Committee’s findings, and will respond in due course."
A £50 million facility to create batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) opened in Coventry in March. The Centre for Advanced Low-Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS) is a collaboration between Coventry University and global engineering specialist FEV Group. It will support the development of the next genera- tion of electric, hybrid and com- bustion engines. It is reported to be the most advanced test facili- ty of its type in Britain.
Operating in the university’s Future Transport & Cities Research Institute, the centre is for OEMs, SMEs and technology partners wanting to accelerate new propulsion systems for auto, aero, marine and rail.
Toyota is to manufacture hybrid cars for Suzuki at its Burnaston, Derbyshire, factory as part of a global deal to share resources. The new car, based on the
Corolla build from Toyota
Corolla, will have engines made in Wales and electrical compo- nents from Japan. Toyota's UK managing director Marvin Cooke said: "This is good news for our UK plants and demonstrates Toyota's trust in the capability of our workforce to deliver the highest levels of superior quality products.” The Burnaston facto- ry has recently had a £240 mil- lion upgrade.
Jaguar Land Rover has announced that all new vehicles it manufactures from 2020 will be electrified. This will include its electric E-Type Zero model, with first deliveries expected in sum- mer 2020. Later this year, Electric Drive Units (EDUs) will be produced at its Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, with batteries to power these EDUs assem- bled at a new JLR Battery Assembly Centre in North Warwickshire. The car maker says it will use new production techniques and technologies to manufacture the battery packs.
UK-based Reaction Engines is building an engine to power air- craft for hypersonic flight in the atmosphere. It has devised a unique rocket engine, named Sabre, which unlike jet engines, potentially offers the next gener- ation of reusable space launch vehicles. Jet engines today can power a vehicle up to Mach 3 (three times the speed of sound); Sabre is said to be capable of Mach 5.4 in ‘air- breathing’ mode and Mach 25 in rocket mode for space flight.
Around 1.5 million jobs in England are at “high risk” of some of their duties being auto-
mated in the future, says a report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It analysed the jobs of 20 million people and found that 7.4% are at high risk of automation. However, research by the World Economic Forum suggests that while robots will take jobs, they will also create them. It forecasts that by 2022, robotics and AI could create over 130 million jobs, almost double the figure they are set to displace worldwide.
The Malvern-based Morgan Motor Company, which has been owned by the Morgan family for 110 years, is being taken over by the Italian invest- ment firm, Investindustrial. The announcement at the Geneva
Motor Show said the family will keep a minority shareholding and be “stewards” for the brand. The management team and all staff will also become sharehold- ers in the move. Morgan pro- duces around 850 cars a year and revenues last year were £33.8 million, with a £3.2 million net profit. Founder Henry Morgan's granddaughter, Jill Price, said the choice came after much consideration.

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