Press release

New initiative launched to sustain growth in the power electronics sector

30 April 2013

A new forum focused on raising the profile and importance of the Power Electronics industry has been launched at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The PowerelectronicsUK forum is an industry-led collaborative initiative facilitated by NMI and supported by the IET, GAMBICA and the ESP KTN in partnership with Government. It aims to ensure that the UK is recognised as a world leader in Power Electronics creating jobs, and attracting investment.

Power Electronics is vital to the UK economy and its international competitiveness, but suffers from a serious skills shortage and a maturing supply chain. Globally, the sector is worth £135 billion, but a lack of engineers and technicians in the talent pipeline is threatening the UK from sustaining this leading position.

The new forum is launched as a direct result of the influential strategy document ‘Power Electronics: A Strategy for Success’, which was developed with input from the Technology Strategy Board, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

The importance of Power Electronics to the UK is reflected in the fact that David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, attended the forum launch.  He said: “The UK is home to a world-class power electronics industry, but we need to do everything we can to stay globally competitive. This excellent initiative will bring together our world-leading companies, government and the research base to help improve skills, create jobs and drive growth.”

Steve Burgin, IET Trustee and Chairman of PowerelectronicsUK said: “Power Electronics is at the heart of everyday life – from our laptops and mobile phones to our cars, trains, planes, energy networks and power stations. That means Power Electronics engineers are behind the way our lives work – and vital to our future as well. Without power electronics engineers, Britain will have no smart grid, no offshore wind farms, and the economy as a whole will suffer.”

A new website has been launched to serve as a home for the Power Electronics community, which is now available at www.power-electronics.org.uk

Media enquiries to:

Hannah Kellett
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7738 602426
Email: HKellett@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

PowerelectronicsUK is a group that is driven by the industry for the industry. It is a light-touch organisation than focusses on results and industry growth.