With the UK having the second largest aerospace industry in the world and a sector spend of £1.4 billion in 2012, UK companies are leading innovation in areas such as engine maintenance and structural technology using nanotechnology. The global demand for passenger aircraft is ever increasing and there are exciting new opportunities for space travel,…

The agriculture sector has been in decline.However, given the global population growth and concerns about the environment, there is growing demand for R&D. Whilst research has been largely academic in recent years there is a growing drive to transfer this to practical application of new knowledge. Some areas include the development of resilient seeds; reducing…

The UK hosts world-leading centres of excellence in R&D for the automotive and motorsport sector. As well as traditional passenger cars, it also has world-class manufacturers of motorcycles, commercial vehicles and construction, agriculture and other specialist vehicles. Key focuses for R&D include ultra-low emission vehicles; lightweight vehicle structures; energy management; and intelligent mobility. The UK…

The chemical sector is a growing sector in the UK with a combination of well-established facilities and world-class scientists. The chemical sector is classed as a National technology priority by the UK government. The sector stretches from oil companies through to commodities, polymers, and pharmaceuticals. Whilst initial discoveries may be made in the laboratory, considerable…

The construction sector fared badly in the recent recession and typically has been viewed as an industry with low levels of innovation. However, with a growing population in the UK and increasing concern about the environment, it is a potential source of technological developments in the form of green and sustainable construction; improving energy efficiency…