Engineering for Life - Developing a Strategic Vision

Making Things Work
Engineering For Life – Developing A Strategic Vision


A National Strategy for Through-life Engineering Services

The Centre is facilitating the development of a National Strategy for Through-life Engineering Services. This initiative is being led by Rolls-Royce and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. The strategy development will be carried out through a series of industrial workshops held at HVM Catapult venues in December 2015 and January 2016.

Download the invitation flyer here.

For more information or to register for an event, email Lauren Dalzell


Launch event held at the Houses of Parliament on 10th September 2015

A consultation paper was presented by EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Through-life Engineering Services

Key facts from the paper are summarised here.

The consultation paper published by the EPSRC Centre in Through-life Engineering Services revealed in Parliament shows that engineering services are strategically important to the UK with a domestic market worth from £30 billion to £40 billion annually over the next few years.

With a large aerospace and defence industry, the UK already has world-leading expertise in through-life engineering services, the branch of engineering that improves longevity and operability of complex assets and creates services from products such as aerospace engines and trains. But to date it has only a five per cent share of a global market approaching at least £1,000 billion by 2025, the report says.

A national initiative to define ways that the UK can capitalise on this global business opportunity was debated at a Houses of Parliament conference involving some of the UK’s leading engineering organisations including Rolls-Royce, Bombardier Transportation, BAE Systems, Babcock International and the UK Ministry of Defence.

Some of the UK’s leading manufacturers agreed that more cross-industry collaboration is needed to maintain and grow the UK’s share. "Collaborative development of capability in through-life engineering services will be key to future success in a world where technical innovation is demanded in both products and services,” said Dave Benbow, Head of Engineering for Services at Rolls-Royce.

The initiative will be co-chaired by aero-engine company Rolls-Royce and the High-Value Manufacturing Catapult, the public-private funded technology innovation network. It will be supported by many of those companies that use product-service models during a consultation period that has led to the consultation paper, “Making Things Work: Engineering for life – developing a strategic vision”.

"The value in high value manufacturing is increasingly in the provision of services surrounding the product. There are big opportunities for the UK to exploit new value streams with the guidance provided from a national strategy," said Dick Elsy, chief executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

The full Consultation Paper is available to download here


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