Organised by the Technology Strategy Board, UK’s innovation agency, together with the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, the businesses will visit three Chinese regions known for their heavy manufacturing- Changsha, Guangzhou and Shanghai.
The six-day trip begins on 22nd September and will see the fast-growth companies extend their international operations in sectors including automotive, textiles and pharmaceuticals.
Each company has been selected for excellence in one of four areas: the use of alternative, greener substances in manufacturing; the recycling and re-manufacturing of finite resources; decreasing the amount of material deployed to deliver services; and lower energy consumption over a product lifecycle.
Their mission is aimed to develop innovative technologies in partnership, enabling the UK and China to combine their expertise and exploit new opportunities. David Bott, Director of Innovation Programmes at the TSB, spoke about the importance of the scheme.
“The goal of this Mission is to provide the companies with the necessary know-how, connections and inspiration to help improve and accelerate opportunities with potential customers and partners.
“The UK and China are two of the world’s largest manufacturers. This Mission marks a new chapter in the relationship between the two countries, focused on sustainable manufacturing and the transformation to a green economy.
Smarta will be bringing you guest blogs from the founders of the businesses during their visit to China. Here’s more information about the travelling party:
Arcola Energy Ltd: develops and manufactures fuel cell-based low carbon energy solutions that make electricity more accessible for consumers and businesses
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI): technology innovation centre that helps develop products and prove processes with minimal risk
Croft Filters: Croft Filters Ltd: manufacturer filters that provide bespoke industrial filtration, and develops high-specification filter products using 3D printing which offers an alternative technique to traditional manufacturing
C-Tech Innovation: research, development and innovation organisation that works with clients in business, government and academia to replace traditionally energy intensive services
e2v Consortium: develops microwave devices and sub-systems that limit environmental impact by lowering energy consumption and using renewable energy sources
Ingenza: makes industrial biotechnology products used in microbial strain improvement, synthetic biology, fermentation and bioprocess development providing alternative sustainable manufacturing bioprocesses
Ionotec: conducts research projects focusing on component supplies for sodium batteries which help meet the demand for bulk electric energy storage associated with greener power generation
Oxford NanoSystems: develops heat transfer and corrosion resistance technologies that help to reduce fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions
Perceptive Engineering Ltd: develops predictive control and diagnostics tools that allow engineers to start working without committing to capital expenditure
Plasma Quest Ltd (PQL): developed a new coating process, to overcome the limitations associated with existing thin film-based coating technology and reduces its environmental impact
Promethean Particles: provides improved nanomaterials to scale manufacturing capability for a wide range of applications, including energy storage, printed electronics, catalysis and polymer composites
Teer Coatings Ltd: develops individual Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) coating solutions for components, to improve their surface properties
Scionix Ltd: develops an electrochemical process (electropolishing) using a new, non-toxic ionic liquid (green non-toxic electrolytes).
Joining them will be five of the top UK academic organisations who are travelling to further their research. Warwick Life Sciences and Warwick Manufacturing Group, Brunel University, Cranfield University, Liverpool University and EPSRC complete an exciting line-up.