VEC attracts company to Northwest

Date: Thursday, May 03, 2012

VEC attracts company to Northwest

Optis UK has established this strategic partnership with the Virtual Engineering Centre to access the unique computing power and technology available through the Centre. Providing an improved platform to deliver greater expertise and support to their existing client base, which includes Bentley Motors and Jaguar Land Rover, the partnership will also provide development opportunities in new markets.

The Virtual Engineering Centre is a private-public partnership committed to advancing the use of Virtual Engineering techniques and advanced modelling and simulation, to enable business growth and competitiveness.

Optis Business Development Manager (VR), Chris Grieve said: “This partnership allows us to showcase our products and capabilities through the custom designed Virtual Reality demonstration facilities and expertise at the Virtual Engineering centre, and gives us the capability to support our clients by providing greater simulation performance. Working with the Virtual Engineering Centre will also provide opportunities for Optis to develop our UK business into markets such as the Aerospace and defence sectors”.

Dr Gillian Murray, Operations Director at the VEC commented: “We are delighted to be working with Optis and supporting the establishment of their UK operations. The move confirms our unique model which enables business to access the latest tools, techniques and expertise to encourage them to adopt Virtual Engineering techniques and enhance their ability to compete in highly competitive global markets.”

Optis UK will be presenting at the Virtual Engineering Centre’s inaugural annual workshop which will be held at the Daresbury Science and Innovation Centre on 25 and 26 October.

Notes to editors:
The Virtual Engineering Centre is a University of Liverpool initiative in partnership with the Northwest Aerospace Alliance, the Science and Technologies Facilities Council, BAE Systems, Morsons Projects and Airbus.

The University of Liverpool is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive institutions in the UK.

Located at the Daresbury Laboratory of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the Virtual Engineering Centre is partially funded by the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

For more information about the Virtual Engineering Centre, please contact Lynn Dwyer on 01925 864853 or


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