UCL and the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI), have formed a partnership to address challenges facing UK manufacturing. From first research concepts to full-scale industrial production, they will address issues of energy consumption, sustainable production methods, and the generation of high-value jobs and opportunities. UK companies will benefit from new techniques and services developed by the new alliance.
Bringing together the research expertise of UCL and the industry and translation knowledge of HSSMI, the group will seek to enable sustainable manufacturing in an increasingly urbanised society. They aim to develop a manufacturing industry that can provide high value UK jobs and extending the skills of its workforce, while safeguarding the environment and stimulating the economy.
Work will centre around three important issues: addressing the challenges of energy supply and demand, delivering addressing the upcoming energy gap, delivering products that offer sustainable value throughout their lifecycle and creating an industry that offers skilled and high value jobs in an urban environment.
UCL Engineering has existing strengths in bioprocessing manufacture, and a substantial portfolio of fundamental research supporting the manufacturing of 21st century technologies such as fuel cells. The connections and context added by this partnership will enable the transition of these insights into world-changing technology.
”London is a global city and, though people do not know this, a centre from high-value manufacturing and engineering excellence. We are committed to working with HSSMI to build a research and knowledge exchange to focus on sustainable manufacturing in London.” Said Professor Anthony Finkelstein, Dean of UCL Engineering.
‘We see significant added value through the new partnership with UCL. We gain access to their global leading research, and in turn we can develop manufacturing processes and identify costs, deliver quality and high speed production.’ Dr Leslie Lee, Research Director, HSSMI.
‘Solving these challenges will benefit society, an aim which is embedded in UCL’s ethos and culture and one we know HSSMI shares with us.’ added Professor Finkelstein. ‘Our organisations will compliment each other to deliver a new force in sustainable UK manufacturing skills.’