UK’s green vehicle supply chain gets boost from APC-UK competition
The United Kingdom’s Advanced Propulsion Centre has launched a £1 million competition aimed at boosting the UK’s green vehicle supply chain.
APC-UK, which is among the country’s leading centres for innovation in low-carbon transport, is seeking to encourage the entrenchment of green technology in all sectors of the UK’s automotive industry.
Participants in the competition range from manufacturers, design and engineering organisations and suppliers. The aim is to have all industry stakeholders collaborate in propelling an industry-led technological project of developing a greener UK automotive supply chain.
The SME & Supply Chain Development Competition focuses on the provision of funds to participants seeking to collaborate on automotive projects aimed at cutting vehicle emissions, exploring opportunities to pioneer green technologies and developing low-carbon transport supply chains.
Ian Constance, the Chief Executive of APC-UK, said that apart from accelerating low-carbon transport, the competition is also designed to strengthen the UK's automotive supply chain. He said this during the annual conference held by Low CVP, which took place in London last week.
“There is of course an opportunity for the UK supply chain as the UK’s resurgent domestic vehicle manufactures seek electrification and lightweight solutions that maybe aren’t available today,” Ian said. “However, the relative lack in the strength of tier-one suppliers with research for manufacturing activity in the UK is somewhat of a critical issue still.”
APC-UK has specified that a project qualifies for funding only if it is collaborative. It must involve at least a manufacturer, a supplier in either tier one or tier two and an additional small or medium business.
About four projects of this design are set to benefit from APC-UK’s funding, each getting up to £500,000.
APC-UK has indeed set the pace. It is now upon stakeholders to take the cue and rise to the occasion to pursue the “green” dream.
Published by Green Jobs Online - 5th July 2016