The government-funded Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) has announced the appointment of Nick Kirsop-Taylor as the Supply Chain Specialist for the recently launched £20m GROW:OffshoreWind service, which has been created to ensure that English manufacturers grasp their fair share of the opportunities presented by the UK’s offshore wind market.
Kirsop-Taylor will help support companies that want to break into or win more contracts in a sector that is estimated to be worth more than £100bn over the next 20 years.
MAS says that with close to 3,000 components needed to build a wind turbine, there are numerous opportunities for smaller manufacturers to supply the offshore wind market with components such as hydraulic parts, bearings, steel fabrication, cabling, electrical systems and composites.
“I am committed to helping English companies understand the scale and opportunities presented by the dynamic and fast developing global offshore wind industry,” said Kirsop-Taylor. “The UK has the capacity to become a major world player as we have the drive and technical capability. My role will be to help our manufacturers seize the chance to play their part in fulfilling this potential.”
Copyright Ken Hurst 2013