Help Required – Impact of energy costs on investment decisions: project to gather case study evidence

John MoorFeatured, Manufacturing, News

January 2015 BIS has commissioned Ricardo-AEA, in partnership with University College London and Triple E Consulting, to carry out a project to gather case study evidence on the impact of energy costs on firms not currently recognised as ‘energy-intensive industries’ (EIIs) and eligible for existing government support. The aim of the study is to gather evidence on energy costs, particularly … Read More

NMI Appoints Director of Operational Excellence to Develop Manufacturing Programme

John MoorFeatured, News

12/01/15 NMI announced today that it has appointed Ken Williamson as Director of Operational Excellence bringing a wealth of related industry experience in management, engineering and technical roles. During his thirty-plus year career, Ken has held roles in operations, process engineering, planning, IT and automation, facilities and quality management for companies including National Semiconductor, Siemens and Atmel. In recent years he … Read More

Automotive suppliers: Would you like to visit Europe’s OEMs and Tier 1’s with us?

John MoorFeatured, News

Updated 20th Feb 2015 The work that we are doing to facilitate innovation in the automotive supply chain has made great strides this year with AESIN (Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network) becoming formally recognised by ESCO and the Automotive Council as UK industry’s specialist network for automotive electronics. Next year we’re looking to continue our quest to improve the business … Read More

Improving Engineering Skills in Smaller Companies

John MoorFeatured, News

The Government launched a £2.5 million fund on 12th December for small and medium-sized engineering companies to invest more in the skills of their workforce and improve their business performance.  This is the first tranche of a £10 million fund to give employers a leading role in tackling skills shortages in engineering.  It provides a 50/50 match funding grant from Government, … Read More

Help Us Put Electronics Apprenticeships Back On The Agenda (by Feb 15th)

John MoorFeatured, News

(16/12/14) NMI is working with colleagues at ESCO to determine an apprenticeship programme worthy of our modern industry and be endorsed by government. The benefit of having government endorsement is simple, they will back the official recognition with funding – up to £28,800 over the lifetime of the apprenticeship in fact. However, before we get to that point, the scheme … Read More

Power Electronics Green Paper Published

John MoorNews

NMI and our colleagues at PowerelectronicsUK announced today the publication of a green paper. This is part of a consultation process and is a step towards a white paper which will determine the priority technologies enabling applications such as smart grid, electric vehicles and renewable energy. The paper, entitled “Prioritisation of Enabling Technologies for Power Electronics to Enable UK Industry … Read More

Apprenticeships Back on the Agenda

John MoorAcademic / Research Institution, News

Today (09/12/14) Government announced in Parliament that it has met its two million apprentice-starts target (#2million!). This is encouraging news for young people but equally welcome news for British industry. Back in 2008 we noted increasing concerns from members relating to the pool of available engineers and the amount of young people entering the industry. When we looked closer, the … Read More

Sir Hossein Yassaie and Dyson take major accolades at 2014 NMI Awards

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NMI Contribution to Industry Award 2014

Sir Hossein Yassaie, CEO of Imagination Technologies, has received the prestigious Contribution to Industry award at the 2014 annual NMI Electronic Systems Awards. Derek Boyd, NMI CEO, presenting the award to Sir Hossein Yassaie, said: “When selecting people for this award, our focus is on someone who goes beyond the call of duty in leading an activity solely for the … Read More