Aston University collaborates to help manufacturing SMEs grow

Enscite launch


Aston University recently exhibited at the launch event of Enscite, a venture which offers expert and holistic support services to help SMEs win and grow business in the aerospace, automotive and rail sectors.

Enscite consists of four partners: Aston University, Cranfield University, Derby City Council, and the University of Derby, and was created to support the development and performance of supply chain companies in the aerospace, automotive and rail sectors. Enscite will initially support OEMs and their SME suppliers in the East Midlands, however the vision is for this to quickly become a national centre of excellence.

The launch event, held at Derby’s Roundhouse, was attended by 190 representatives from public and private sector organisations operating in the automotive, aerospace and rail engineering supply chain, as well as Enscite’s partners and SMEs already working with the organisation.

Dr Phil Extance, Aston’s Pro-Vice Chancellor for Business Partnerships and Knowledge Transfer, speaking at the event said: “We are delighted to be a part of Enscite because it means we can further our mission to help SMEs grow. This is an emerging and important area within the current economy and builds on Aston’s work within servitization and supply chain research.”

  This is an emerging and important area within the current economy and builds on Aston’s work within servitization and supply chain research.

Speaking at the event, Colin McKinnon, MD of Enscite, said: “Enscite is the new organisation created to support SMEs in the aerospace, automotive and rail sectors’ supply chain.  It works to help manufacturing businesses to grow and thrive. Utilising the expertise of our world-class partners, we deliver practical business improvement programmes, run supply chain workshops and leverage funding to support investments in new technology, including access to a £1m Technology Fund.”

Other speakers at the launch were The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport; Tony Walker, Deputy MD of Toyota Manufacturing UK; Jon Chester, Brand Director of Bowler Motorsportand Professor Raj Roy, Head of the Department of Manufacturing and Materials at Cranfield University. They provided insight and perspectives on the challenges for supply chain companies, including the importance of effective supplier management, how innovation can help boost growth, and how improving manufacturing productivity is an essential element for maintaining supply chain competitiveness.

Notes to editors:

For more information about Enscite, please visit http://www.enscite.co.uk or contact Tony Jay at a.s.jay@aston.ac.uk.

For more information about Aston’s Centre for Servitization Research and Practice, visit http://www.aston-servitization.com/ or email servitization@aston.ac.uk.

About Enscite

Enscite is a unique organisation, created to improve the performance of supply chain companies in the transport engineering sector. It offers a range of support services to SMEs operating within or wanting to access the aerospace, automotive and rail sectors.

Enscite helps manufacturing businesses to grow and thrive. Utilising the expertise of world-class partners, it delivers practical business improvement programmes, runs supply chain workshops and leverages funding to support investments in new technology.

A collaborative joint venture between four partners - Derby City Council, The University of Derby, Aston University, and Cranfield University - its core objectives are:

* To build a high tech manufacturing cluster centred around the new Innovation Centre and Infinity Park, Derby;

* To improve innovation, growth and resilience amongst SMEs;

* To bring together supply chains to collate and share market intelligence;

* To work with OEMs and Tier 1’s to improve supplier performance;

* To build open innovation practices between transport engineering sectors to focus on common problems.

By 2020, Enscite aims to be recognised globally as the UK’s leading national centre for supply chain solutions and innovation in the transport engineering sector.

Enscite is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Regional Growth Fund. For more information: Tel: 01332 593551, web: www.enscite.co.uk, Twitter: @EnsciteUK.

The  Centre for Supply Chain Innovation in Transport Engineering  project is part financed by the East Midlands European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit  www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding

 

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