The STRIVE project has brought home the ‘Education in Business’ award from the 2016 North West Business Insider ‘Made in the North West’ awards. Announced at the awards evening at the Bolton Whites Hotel on the 5th May 2016 award recognised the benefits gained from collaborative projects between business and educational institutions.
A three year collaborative R&D project, STRIVE (Simulation Tools for Rapid Innovation in Vehicle Engineering), which was part funded by AMSCI (Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative), was set-up to deliver a new digital supply chain to develop globally competitive products. To address the challenges set by OEM client Bentley Motors, the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC), a University of Liverpool initiative, in conjunction with the Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA) brought together Liverpool City Region-based technology SME’s OPTIS and DNA Agile to provide collaborative, integrated solutions.
The application highlighted the huge success of STRIVE for all partners, including job creation, career development and meeting Bentley’s key strategic target of reducing product development time, while enhancing build quality.
The ‘Made in the North West’ awards recognise the manufacturing excellence within the region. The judges were impressed by the collaboration with Bentley, which helped to reduce product development time while enhancing build quality, commenting that to have such a facility on our doorstep was a huge boost for the North West.
A huge congratulations to all involved.