Clearview Midlands April 2014 - Issue 149 - Page 5

INDUSTRYNEWS £6m boost to construction industry in Coventry innovative new products, processes or services that could revolutionise collaborations between supply chain partners and unlock new business models. Organisations are now being asked to register and submit applications, with proposals expected to range in size up to £2million. Mark Wray, lead technologist from Technology Strategy Board, said: “We’re really excited to have launched this competition which encourages the take-up of digitally enabled processes within the construction supply chain. A £6million fund to help digitise the construction industry has been launched in Coventry. A £6million fund to help digitise the construction industry has been launched in Coventry. Firms from across the UK gathered at Coventry University’s Simulation Centre to learn more about the new scheme, which will see companies compete for cash to fund collaborative research and development. The UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, has set up the fund. It brings together construction, digital and ICT to develop Professor George Martin, Sir John Egan, both from Coventry University, Jeannine Mortlock, Acua Solutions and Mark Wray from the Technology Strategy Board. “Adopting digital solutions will not only improve quality, timing and performance, but cut costs by reducing waste and errors, and will introduce a way of working in which data is stored and shared between parties throughout the design, construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure. “It will encourage greater collaboration, transparency and trust within the sector and promote innovation in delivery. “We encourage organisations to apply to take advantage of being early adopters and exploiting this rapidly expanding market opportunity.” Organisations operating across the construction sector supply chain were in Coventry to hear about the project at the Simulation Centre, which is operated by leadership development specialists Acua Solutions, a group company of Coventry University. The launch event featured brokering sessions and workshops. Do you know where your magazine goes? 1,397 » IGU Manufacturers » Conservatory Roof Fabricators PVCu » PVCu Bifold Fabricators » Window & Door Fabricators PVCu » Aluminium Bifold Fabricators » Window & Door Fabricators Aluminium » Composite Door Fabricators » Window & Door Fabricators Timber 1,401 » Vertical Sliding Sash 1,588 733 2,356 12,606 » Installers 594 594 384 INDUSTryNEWS INDUSTryNEWS hardware can be both practical and beautiful the jewels on their product as it were.” hIT olds. ‘hardware can be both practical and beautiful – the jewels on their product’ The brochure introduce 26