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Gloucestershire-based Renishaw helps promote modern-day UK industry

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Written by: Peter McMillan | Posted 28 April 2015 10:21

Gloucestershire-based Renishaw helps promote modern-day UK industry

Engineering firm Renishaw is backing a website being promoted using one of the biggest scale models of a city built using 3D printing.

The model formed the backdrop to the launch of the website, which is looking to tell the story of modern-day UK industry.

Made Here Now (www.madeherenow.com), the brainchild of former Financial Times manufacturing editor Peter Marsh, was unveiled in front of 150 people on at a reception at New London Architecture (NLA), London.

A total of 46 organisations, including Wotton-under-Edge-based Renishaw, have already backed the website, which is setting out to educate young people on the career opportunities in manufacturing, influence academics and politicians and change perceptions of Britain’s industrial strengths.

The launch event also featured the premiere of a short film by videographer Arabella Itani on UK manufacturing, which focuses on two UK plants run by Renishaw.

The company gave access to two of its Gloucestershire manufacturing sites to highlight how modern manufacturing facilities are a world away from historic perceptions.

The site at Stonehouse is the company’s main UK machining facility, while its assembly facility at Woodchester, near Stroud, was named the UK’s Best Electronics and Electrical Plant in 2012.

Renishaw was represented at the launch by its head of communications, Chris Pockett, who said: “There was a great sense of pride at seeing the Renishaw sites feature at the launch event.

“We were quick to give our support to this initiative, which will present a more positive picture of manufacturing in the UK and help shatter outmoded stereotypes that act as a barrier to recruitment.”

Renishaw currently has more than 100 vacancies across its 15 UK locations, primarily at its sites in Gloucestershire, Miskin, near Cardiff and Stone, Staffordshire.

Mr Pockett added: “It will take many years to change the negative perceptions that have developed in the wider populace but Made Here Now will make an excellent contribution to the aim of making our sector more appealing to young people, their parents, teachers and other influencers.”

The Made Here Now reception was attended by a number of high-profile guests from the worlds of industry, economics, design, finance, politics and media.

It featured keynote speeches from author and commentator Will Hutton and Terry Scuoler, chief executive of the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Guests were able to view the model of London commissioned by New London Architecture and built by Pipers, a design and events group with a model making arm.

The installation, which takes up a vast space at the NLA’s home in London’s Building Centre, shows in massive detail a huge area of the city covering 85 sq km and has a total perimeter of 35 metres.

Mr Marsh said “We are still very good at making things and manufacturing has immense potential to contribute substantially to our economy.

“However, not enough people are aware of our success stories and one way to improve the growth prospects of UK industry is to find new ways to tell the world about it.”

He added: “Made Here Now intends to meet this need by using some of the best design, photography and writing to bring the excitement of making things to life.

“The project has really captured the imagination and we’ve already received significant support from leading organisations, such as JCB, Nesta, Rolls-Royce, Renishaw, Lloyds Bank, Santander Bank, Siemens, the Royal Society and University of Cambridge.”

Photo caption: The model of London built using 3D technology.

 

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