To be know as the PowerelectronicsUK forum, the industry-led collaborative initiative is focused on raising the profile and importance of the power electronics industry.
A statement announcing the new initiateive said that power electronics was vital to the UK economy and its international competitiveness, but suffered from a serious skills shortage and a maturing supply chain. Globally, the sector was worth £135 billion, but a lack of engineers and technicians in the talent pipeline was threatening the UK from sustaining this leading position.
The new forum was launched as a result of the strategy document ‘Power Electronics: A Strategy for Success’, which was developed with input from the Technology Strategy Board, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
PowerelectronicsUK chairman Steve Burgin said: “Power Electronics is at the heart of everyday life – from our laptops and mobile phones to our cars, trains, planes, energy networks and power stations. That means Power Electronics engineers are behind the way our lives work – and vital to our future as well. Without power electronics engineers, Britain will have no smart grid, no offshore wind farms, and the economy as a whole will suffer.”
The initiative has been facilitated by NMI (representing the UK Electronic Systems, Microelectronics and Semiconductor Communities) and supported by the IET, GAMBICA (representing the interests of companies in the instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology industry) and the Electronics, Sensors and Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network (ESP KTN), in partnership with Government.
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