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UK businesses showcase automotive innovation to Asia's engineers

Businesses and agencies are to travel to Japan to present world-leading UK technologies to Asia’s biggest gathering of automotive engineers.

Innovate UK stand

Innovate UK has been supporting innovation in the automotive industry for many years.

The best of British automotive innovation will be showcased at this month’s Japanese Society of Automotive Engineers 2016 Annual Congress in Pacifico, Yokohama.

A UK delegation of 20 businesses and funding agencies including Innovate UK, the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will promote British innovation on the UK Pavilion at the event on 25 to 27 May.

The congress is the largest automotive technology conference in Asia for automotive engineers. It attracts 70,000 visitors over three days. Up to 400 Japanese and foreign companies will display their latest designs and technologies.

Simon Edmonds, manufacturing and materials director at Innovate UK, said:

The UK is leading the way in low carbon technology innovation and these 20 companies are testament to this success and the excellent R&D support available in the UK from Innovate UK, the APC and others.

We look forward to highlighting these strengths in Japan, and also our ground-breaking work on connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.

Find out more about how Innovate UK is supporting automotive research and the manufacturing and materials sector

Businesses seeking UK inward investment

The businesses attending the congress include McLaren Applied Technologies, Intelligent Energy, Sevcon, Johnson Matthey Battery Systems, Continental Engineering Services, Romax, HORIBA-MIRA, Cosworth, Magnomatics, Configit, Newcastle University, SR Technology Innovations, Hyperdrive Innovation, Avid Technology Group, Caldan Conveyor, and Saietta.

They will be aiming to attract inward investment to the UK and to form collaborative partnerships with Japanese research and development experts.

Other agencies at the UK pavilion will include the Niche Vehicle Network, North East Automotive Alliance and Make It Sunderland.

Garry Wilson of the APC and Paul Gadd of Innovate UK will introduce a morning session at the congress on supporting research and development in the UK.

Published 19 May 2016