New initiative to sustain power electronics

powerelectronics300An initiative aimed at ensuring the UK is recognised as a world leader in power electronics has been launched at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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