New plan to power the electronics industry to growth

24 October 2011

A new strategy to grow the UK's power electronics industry and increase its share of the £135 billion global market has been published by Business Minister Mark Prisk (pictured).

The new five to ten year strategy, which has been created by the industry and academia, supported by the Government, aims to address the main problems in the sector and establish a foundation for ambitious but sustainable long-term growth.

Mark Prisk said: "The UK manufactures 3.1% of all power electronics products made across the globe. We have world leading, globally recognised companies working on power electronics here in the UK, but it's not recognised as one of our strengths, I want to make sure we change that.

"With the potential to make real savings in energy usage on everyday products and reduce our carbon footprint, this is a real growth industry. That's why this strategy is so important, not only making sure that we have the people and the skills to keep our world leading position, but to make sure the sector can grow and celebrate its success."

The blue-print for the future of the industry recommends:
• Forming a national forum for power electronics to maintain momentum and drive through the recommendations of the strategy
• Fostering collaboration across industry sectors and supply chain barriers to promote best practice and access to international standards
• Promoting power electronics in all areas of education to encourage young people to consider a career in the sector
• Development of a vision for our electricity infrastructure
• Making the most of the new Technology Innovation Centres to bridge the gap between universities, start-ups and industry so that innovation is pulled through in a timely manner.

Bill Drury, Chairman, Power Electronics Strategy Group added: “Power Electronics plays to the strengths and aspirations of the UK. It is a high-growth, high added value and high-value per employee technology. It demands highly skilled teams of engineers to meet the demands of the complex integration challenges this presents; a capability in which, it could be argued, the UK leads the world.”

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