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British Business Embassy days - Advanced engineering summit

The Global Business Summit on Advanced Engineering was held on 10 August 2012 and offered international business leaders an opportunity to gain invaluable insights about the UK’s world-class capabilities in this high-growth sector.

Speakers included the Deputy Prime Minister, the Business Secretary, the Technology Strategy Board CEO, Automotive Council Co-Chair, and senior representatives from major companies including Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren Racing, Nissan, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, GKN, Intelligent Energy, SSTL, Ricardo and Frost & Sullivan.

The Advanced Engineering Summary summarises speakers’ views on:

  • Why the UK is a good location for business – particularly for its productive and flexible workforce, strength of R&D and innovation, successful partnerships with universities, and conducive business environment;
  • Key success factors – including planning for rapid progress in advanced engineering in BRIC countries;
  • The supply chain and its importance for innovation;
  • Trends in the automotive industry, from a shift to micro-cars and scooters, to the potential for autonomous driver systems;
  • Progress and predictions on the shift to electric and hybrid vehicles.

The UK remains one of the world’s leading manufacturing nations, through continually reinventing itself and competing successfully on value and innovation. UK manufacturing output grew 3.6 per cent in real terms in 2010.

Global Business Summit on UK Advanced Engineering Excellence - Materials in Aerospace

Turbine Surface Technologies



Rolls-Royce: Specialist Casting Technology



Rolls-Royce: Engineering and Technology



Rolls-Royce: Design Technology



Panel Session