Last week the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, came to Portsmouth. Double-trouble for the competition – not only did Ben Ainslie and the Land Rover BAR team win the regatta but the win also secured them first place on the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series leaderboard. They look very good! The race is at this point leading up to challenge the former winner, Oracle Team USA, for the most desirable trophy in sailing – The America’s Cup.
Advanced Materials Conference Attendees August 27-28 in Gothenburg 2015 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series
Gothenburg hosted the Series last year and Land Rover BAR successfully competed against Swedes and other teams in the mouth of Gothenburg harbour. We, in the Department for International Trade (former UK Trade & Investment), had the opportunity to host Andy Claughton, Chief Technology Officer for the Land Rover BAR Team, at a conference with some of the most outstanding academic and business people within materials science to discuss breakthrough technology and collaboration in science, as well as in sports.
Picture from Saturday Race August 29 in Gothenburg 2015 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series
Advanced new materials and new technologies, like 3-D printing, are revolutionising industrial manufacturing as we speak. If you had spent a day at the Farnborough International Air Show this year, you would have witnessed first-hand examples of how both additive manufacturing and new advanced materials are contributing to innovation and the creation of new products in aeronautics. These technologies are supporting better, cheaper and more environmentally friendly aircraft.
So, a year later, we can conclude that much has happened. Land Rover BAR is now leading the Series and several new contracts have been signed between British and Swedish companies as a result of the conference in Gothenburg. We also see ongoing British-Swedish science collaboration and increased interest in developing scientific advances together. We produced a film to underline this type of progress with Land Rover BAR’s CTO, Andy Claughton, and our Investment and Trade Envoy for the Nordic-Baltic Region, MP Mark Prisk. We hope it will encourage even more excellent collaboration and progress.
The Land Rover BAR Team challenge has been both amazing and very successful – building on cutting edge technology, leadership and team-work. The same components will guide British-Swedish scientific and business collaboration in advanced materials – and we are looking forward to some flying, or even “foiling”, successes within this area in future.