Industry Forum

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has published a new strategy ‘Concept to Commercialisation’. This is the next step on from the first strategy ‘Connect and Catalyse’. It continues the TSB’s vision of the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) for the UK to be a global leader in innovation and a magnet for innovative businesses, where technology is applied rapidly, effectively and sustainably to create wealth and enhance quality of life.

Ian Gray, Chief Executive of the TSB, talking on the new strategy said “We are entering the new spending review period with a strategy to help drive economic growth through innovation. Our new strategy – Concept to Commercialisation – supports the Government’s ambitions and reviews on growth and focuses on helping business navigate the difficult territory after a concept or idea has been initially developed, but before it can enter the market and be fully commercialised.”

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SMMT IF, in association with Quality Partner and TUV Nord delivered a seminar on the 14th May 2011 in Thailand to raise the awareness of VDA 6.3 Process Audit. The seminar, delivered by Paul Hardiman, was attended by over 60 delegates from companies in the automotive supply chain.

The seminar received positive feedback and many of the companies expressed interest in attending further VDA 6.3 training later in the year.












The SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) Industry Forum has replaced its fleet of Avensis saloons after five years use with six Auris Hybrids, built at Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire.

With combined CO2 emissions of 93g/km and a combined fuel consumption figure of 70.6 mpg, the Auris Hybrid makes environmental and economical sense from a fleet user perspective. Being a full hybrid, it is able to run solely on electric power at lower speed which means no fuel is used and zero tailpipe emissions.

Michael Baunton Chairman of SMMT Industry Forum and Paul Everitt SMMT Chief Executive took the opportunity to visit the Toyota plant for the hand-over of the vehicles. Baunton said, “We are dedicated to improving the efficiency and environmental impact of the UK motor industry. With our staff now driving the impressive UK built Toyota Auris Hybrid we can demonstrate the significant improvements that are possible in both areas.”

Auris Hybrid is Toyota’s first European-built hybrid car and forms part of its strategy to make hybrid available throughout its vehicle line-up. Toyota will launch two new full hybrids in 2012, the Yaris Hybrid and seven seat Prius+.

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