- November 11, 2014
- Posted by: Mark Drakeford AM
- Category: Assembly News
A James Bond style high performance speedboat that transforms into a streamlined submersible – and the UK’s first 3D printed metal bicycle – are just two of the innovative technologies developed in Wales to be showcased at the UK Investment Summit Wales 2014
The conference (November 20-21) at the Celtic Manor Resort, supported by the UK and Welsh Governments, brings together more than 250 global investors, business leaders and ministers and builds on the spotlight placed on Wales during the NATO summit.
It will be a global showcase for Welsh innovation and skills with a number of products and technologies developed in Wales taking centre stage at the exhibition which runs alongside the conference.
Economy Minister Edwina Hart said:
“This small selection of unique products and technologies developed and manufactured in Wales provide a superb advertisement for the capability and expertise within Wales. It illustrates quite clearly that Wales has the skills, the technology and the expertise needed to grow a successful business and is a great location for innovative companies looking to invest.”
A selection of innovative Welsh products confirmed to date include:
Airbus (Broughton) will have a model of its iconic A380 aircraft on show – the world’s largest airliner. 6000 people are employed at its Broughton site in North Wales, one of the largest manufacturing facilities in the UK, responsible for assembling Airbus aircraft wings – over 1,000 wings a year. Over the past 15 years an investment of £1.9billion has created a world class and highly advanced manufacturing facility. Its sister organisation Airbus Defence and Space has a site in Newport which is a global hub for advanced secure communications and technological innovation.
Concrete Canvas (Pontypridd) – Concrete Canvas® is part of a revolutionary new class of construction materials called Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mats (GCCMs). It is a flexible, concrete impregnated fabric that hardens on hydration to form a thin, durable, water proof and fire resistant concrete layer. Essentially, it’s concrete on a roll. Concrete Canvas® GCCM (CC) is easy to use, environmentally friendly, more cost effective and up to ten times faster to install than alternative solutions.
Project Enduro (Swansea) – a four wheeled mountain bike powered by gravity for disabled and able bodied extreme sports enthusiasts. Gower College lecturer Calvin Williams – a mountain biking enthusiast who was confined to a wheelchair after an accident – is the driving force behind the project being taken forward by a partnership that includes Gower College Swansea and Trinity Saint David University Swansea, with EU funding through the Welsh Government.
Raspberry Pi (Pencoed) – the credit card sized mini computer – one of the smallest personal computers in the world – which teaches students to programme computers is made at Sony UK Technology Centre.
Renishaw – (Miskin, near Cardiff) – a global precision engineering company has the distinction of being the UK’s only manufacturer of metal 3D printing machines and –through a collaboration with Empire Cycles has created the world’s first 3D printed metal bike frame which will be on show at the conference.
Scubacraft Ltd (Anglesey) – the company has designed a new generation of watercraft with a ‘wow’ factor that combines high performance on the water surface with the ability to submerge underwater. It features patented technology that allows it to transform from surface craft into streamlined submersible. Capable of 50 knots on the surface and 8 knots underwater, the transition from submerged or semi-submerged to the surface takes under 15 seconds.
Sure Chill (Tywyn) – has developed a unique cooling technology for operating refrigerators without power for 10 days or more, ensuring life saving medicines and vaccines are kept at the optimum temperature. It has been awarded $1.4 million by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to use its ground-breaking technology to develop a cooler that can operate for over 35 days without power.
View Holographics – (St Asaph) a world-leading provider of full parallax holographic and 3D imaging solutions with a ‘wow’ factor for use in Advertising & Retail; Education; Science & Medicine; Engineering; Museums & Heritage . Its laser printer is the only one of its kind in the world and they are currently developing a holographic copier enabling the cost effective and high volume manufacture of holograms – another first.