October 1, 2008

Tees Aim is to Be a World Leader

By SIMON CLARKE; TVEP Technology Group Chairman

TVEP was formed to ensure the health of the engineering supply chain, which is vital to the region's economy.

Since then its members have identified that two of the most important factors to achieving this are technology transfer and education and skills.

As a result, TVEP's Technology Group, comprising of industrialists and also representatives from partner organisation the University of Teesside, has set itself the bold but achievable target of making the Tees Valley a world leader in technology transfer.

To help make this happen TVEP is organising a workshop, which will gather together some of the area's most influential and well- informed figures from Government bodies, academia and industry.

We want to cultivate relationships between companies of all sizes, establish support for start-ups, and encourage input from centres of excellence and knowledge providers.

All of these elements will be crucial to helping us realise our aspirations of excellence in knowledge/technology transfer.

Technology transfer covers a wide spectrum of issues but which are the key technologies that can enhance the competitiveness of local businesses and what do we need to do to apply them to add that value?

The idea is that by bringing together representatives from all sorts of companies, best practice and knowledge can be shared to help the industrial efficiency and profitability of the region's economy in a competitive global market.

While economic uncertainty is hitting many other industrial sectors, the engineering industry must not be complacent.

In particular this is the case when it comes to opportunities relating to expenditure on environmental schemes such as green technologies, alternative power and oil and gas.

All these are making a substantial contribution to keeping many companies busier than ever and TVEP is determined to encourage this green progress.

The engineering industry and its supply chain have been identified as key drivers for the City Region future, underpinning as it does the three pillars - energy, health, and the process industries - which make up the core of the Regional Economic Strategy (RES).

TVEP's technology transfer initiative, which will launch with the workshop, will play a crucial part in making the RES become a reality.

If anyone would like to make a contribution at this workshop, which is scheduled to be held at the University of Teesside in mid- November, please get in touch with Clare Smart, TVEP Marketing Coordinator, on 01642 356688.

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