The OWGP is a programme of industry support measures that seeks to increase the productivity and competitiveness of the UK supply chain companies. The DeepWind cluster will engage strongly with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult as it rolls out the activity under the programme and encourage as many of our members as possible to take part in the various calls related to the programme.
The OWGP support consists of four strands of activity
Stand A - Collaborating for Growth
Strand B - Business Competitiveness
Strand C - Building New Capacity
Stand D - Supply Chain Futures
The first of these calls was launched on the 7th of October and closed on the 7th of November, 2019. Applicants will be notified on Friday, 29th November 2019
More information can be found on the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership web site using this link https://owgp.org.uk/
This the Scottish Government's new £65m centre of manufacturing excellence based in the Renfrewshire area near Glasgow and is the heart of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland. It currently consists of two advanced manufacturing centres with the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC) joining the established Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AFRC) both run by the University of Strathclyde.
Cluster companies involved in engineering and fabrication in metals or composite materials can take advantage of the expertise available in these advanced manufacturing hubs to learn new methodologies and technologies applicable to their own products.
These centres have invested in the latest manufacturing technologies to assist Scottish companies to apply these systems in their own business as they are able to show these machines in operation and offer the opportunity to companies to experience the latest advances in manufacturing first hand. Company personnel can also be provided with supervised training on these systems ahead of any investment by companies in these technologies thus de-mystifying and de-risking barriers to adoption by industry.
Lightweight Manufacturing Centre - based at the Westway site beside Doosan Babcock the LMC can assist companies to investigate new manufacturing methods applicable to composite manufacture as well as ways to reduce the weight of components by complete composite substitution or through the introduction of composite into hybrid components.
Following this link to learn more on their web site https://www.strath.ac.uk/workwithus/lightweightmanufacturingcentre/
Advanced Forming Research Centre - leads on metal forming and forging research and covers the entire product development cycle – from material testing and characterisation through to industry standard manufacturing trials and product tests.
They also have a useful free automation advisory service for SME's which could prove useful for many of the DeepWind companies.
Following this link to learn more on their web site https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/advancedformingresearchcentre/
SMAS is the only manufacturing advisory service in the UK and gives Scottish companies a distinct advantage when it comes to advice on productivity improvements and boosting competitiveness. They can help with a particular immediate issue or focus on a longer term change of manufacturing strategy.
SMAS offers a number of services to help you get started looking at your own business including an Operational Review or a more in depth Manufacturing 4.0 Review. They can help companies embrace a culture change and instil the concept of continuous improvement through participation in their Business Improvement Academy and can help companies understand their own position in the supply chain through their benchmarking tool, a Supply Chain Diagnostic.
All of these services can be booked through their web site here https://www.scottish-enterprise.com/support-for-businesses/develop-products-and-services/support-for-manufacturers