Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood recently visited Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), where he met with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya. Sir Jeremy was keen to hear about the breadth of work that the Group undertakes as well as to understand how WMG develops partnerships with industry and the significant economic benefits of such partnerships.
Sir Jeremy, together with Cabinet Office colleagues Will Cavendish and Kathy Hall, enjoyed a tour of WMG’s R&D facilities to see first-hand the collaborative research the group is involved in, and visited the International Manufacturing Centre and International Automotive Research Centre.
A phenomenal impact
During the visit, Professor Paul Jennings detailed research in energy storage, Professor Mark Williams showcased measuring and metrology capabilities, Professor Robert Harrison demonstrated how companies can effectively automate systems, Dr Geraint Williams highlighted composite and lightweighting research, Dr Ben Wood discussed the impact of WMG’s programmes on small and medium sized enterprises, and Dr Claire Dancer introduced the new International Institute for Nanocomposite Manufacturing, due to open in the Spring, which will focus on the effective manufacture of nanocomposites by adopting a holistic approach.
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya said:
We were delighted to host Sir Jeremy Heywood and to show him what university and industry collaborations are really about. The impact that we have had on industry, over the last 34 years, has been phenomenal. The current projects we are working on, such as the National Automotive Innovation Campus, show our continued commitment to providing academic excellence with industrial relevance."