HSSMI are pleased to announce that they have succeeded in securing a three-year project through the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s ten-year programme to make the UK a world-leader in low emission technology. As part of a landmark automotive sector deal agreement announced yesterday, more than £26 million funding has been awarded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), in association with Innovate UK, to three UK-based consortia to develop new low carbon powertrain technologies.

Project ‘E:PrIME – Electrified powertrain pilot line for Manufacturing Engineering’ will be led by Ford Motor Company alongside a consortium consisting of HSSMI, JW Froehlich, National Instruments, Siemens and data design agency, Signal Noise.

E:PrIME, led by Ford’s UK based Global Manufacturing Engineering team, has a vision to create unique capabilities for ultra-high volume manufacture of next generation powertrains. The consortium will develop new processes and test them at rate whilst integrating new manufacturing concepts based on Industry 4.0. The ambition of the consortium is to merge new process and powertrain technologies with the latest advancements in digital manufacturing.

Martin Everitt, Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering Director, Ford of Europe, said:

“We are delighted to have secured APC funding to support an important Ford investment significantly contributing to the retention and further development of the Manufacturing Engineering skills base in the UK. The availability of APC funding is instrumental in Ford’s decision to create a unique engineering and innovation capability in the UK to support the transformation to next generation electrified powertrain technology. The project provides significant opportunities for the UK manufacturing engineering supply base in virtual engineering, machine tool development and process visualisation. This collaboration with key supply chain partners Froehlich, Siemens, National Instruments, Signal Noise and HSSMI will contribute to the ongoing development of competence, productivity, enhancement of world class manufacturing technology and the support high value jobs, all in the UK.”

Dr Axel Bindel, Business Strategy Director, HSSMI, added:

“We are excited to be part of this important project. Supporting the high-volume manufacture of new low-carbon technologies and deployment of novel digital technologies are key to our mission. HSSMI’s objective is to drive innovation in manufacturing in order to support lower carbon emissions, increase air quality and to rebalance our economy towards manufacturing. This project is essential to achieve all those ambitions. We are delighted to be working with our Strategic Partner Ford, alongside such a strong consortium to deliver the project successfully.”

Should you wish to find out more about HSSMI’s work on E:PrIME please contact HSSMI’s Commercial Director, Victoria Tewes at victoria.tewes@hssmi.org