APC announces UK delegates for JSAE Spring Congress 2018

  • Advanced Propulsion Centre reveals 17 exhibitors to represent the UK at the JSAE Spring Congress in Yokohama, Japan
  • UK delegates demonstrate expertise in battery technology, thermal management, component production and lightweighting
  • Continued collaboration between British and Japanese automotive industries advantageous to both sides

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has announced 17 delegates to represent the UK automotive sector at the JSAE Spring Congress on 23-25 May in Yokohama, Japan. Exhibitors will present their latest low carbon and connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) solutions to vehicle manufacturers and major suppliers in Japan at the UK Pavilion.

The Pavilion, which is a stand comprised of innovative companies based within the UK, includes delegates from a wide range of fields within the automotive industry, such as battery technology, thermal management, component production and lightweighting solutions. Together, the companies demonstrate that, as a destination for the development and production of cutting-edge low-carbon powertrain and CAV technology, Britain is GREAT.

Garry Wilson, Director – Business Development, Marketing and Communications at APC, said: “The UK is also home to some of the world’s leading universities. The APC harnesses this wealth of expertise in automotive advanced research through its Spoke network, driving innovation, expertise and diversity into the heart of automotive.”

The UK delegates and their technologies are as follows:

Advanced Electric Machines (AEM) branched out from the Newcastle University Centre for Advanced Electric Drives and focuses on world-class motor and drivetrain designs. AEM delivers cost-effective and high-performance solutions with minimal environmental impact for the automotive market.

AVID designs and manufactures electrified powertrains and advanced thermal management systems for high-performance electric and hybrid vehicles. The company serves automotive OEMs, as well as bus and coach and off-highway sectors.

Constellium provides innovative and high value-added aluminium products and solutions to help global automotive manufacturers produce lighter, safer and more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Continental Engineering Services (CES) offers engineering services such as consulting, development, production and integration. CES specialises in chassis & safety controls, interior electronic functions, vehicle electrification and powertrain solutions.

Dontyne Gears provides software and services aimed at the optimum production of transmission gear components. The company’s Gear Production Suite is a series of programmes to design, machine and inspect gears during production.

HiETA produces thermal management and lightweighting solutions. Using selective laser melting, HiETA manufactures components from layers of fine powders. The solutions are more compact and efficient than conventional manufacturing techniques.

Hyperdrive Innovation provides lithium-ion cell chemistry and battery management technology. The company is a partner and supplier to OEMs and the first to secure the supply of Nissan LEAF lithium-ion battery technology for its own products.

JD Norman manufactures metal components that serve major OEMs of automotive, industrial and transportation products. The company’s products include cast, formed and machined metals.

The National Composites Centre (NCC) was established as part of the UK Composites Strategy. The centre brings together dynamic companies and enterprising academics to develop new technologies for the design and manufacture of high-quality composite products.

The North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) is a not-for-profit, industry-led group of more than 230 clusters, established to support the economic sustainable growth and competitiveness of the sector in the North East of England. The organisation publicises members’ businesses and the region’s capabilities on a global level.

Omnia (CS) produces the lightest sandwich panels available with an excellent strength-to-weight ratio. Omnia produced the first 100% recyclable lightweight thermoplastic panel.

Pickering manufactures modular signal switching and simulation for use in electronic test and verification. The company offers the largest range of switching & simulation products in the industry.

Potenza Technology designs and constructs prototype and low-volume high-energy density lithium battery packs. The company produces battery systems, electronic control units and body electronics.

Romax provides engineering services and software. Its automotive solutions include gear design and transmission optimisation with a focus on driveline efficiency and NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) issues. The company also has a comprehensive design process for electric drivetrains.

Simpact is a high-quality computer aided engineering (CAE) consultancy. The company specialises in the design, development and engineering of bespoke safety solutions which offer protection from impact loading.

TR Fastenings engineers, designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of mechanical fasteners to distributors and OEM assemblers across the globe.

The University of Sunderland conducts research into automotive composites, led by Professor Ahmed Elmarakbi. The research centres around energy-efficient and safe vehicles, including light materials and structures, modelling and design, energy conversion and storage systems, and impact and crash-worthiness analysis.

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