UK automotive RD boosted by Enterprise Zones

Today (28 November), government announced that Local Enterprise Zones are pushing the UK ahead of global competitors after attracting overseas investment from Swedish automotive safety systems manufacturer, Haldex.Haldex is set to create its new European Technical Centre at the MIRA Enterprise Zone, consolidating its European R&D operations in the UK.The state of the art 25,000 sq ft facility will bring an initial 44 high tech jobs to the area, developing a new generation of safety systems.Five Enterprise Zones are firmly behind innovation in the UK’s automotive industry. They are part of government’s Automotive Industrial Strategy, which aims to secure the long term future of the sector and grow the UK’s share of it, using research and development to stay at the cutting edge of change.Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles said, “We have acted fast to tackle the deficit. We are now focused on backing the industries of the future, growing the private sector and making Britain a great place to do business.“When international companies like Haldex invest here it shows we have got our offer right. Every 20 seconds a car, van, bus or truck rolls off a UK production line and Enterprise Zones like MIRA Technology Park are magnets for the global motor industry with the best international businesses choosing them as their home.”This latest development adds to the host of other automotive companies that already base key parts of their global businesses as the MIRA site. Ashok Leyland, Bosch, and Lockheed Martin are already using the UK to develop the transport technology of the future, including the next generation of electric cars, braking systems, intelligent transport systems and unmanned vehicle systems. Government is investing £7.4m in loans to fund infrastructure investment to help MIRA expand.Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable said, “The British car industry is a big national success story. This year it has attracted more than £2.5 billion of investment and created 5,000 new jobs. Haldex’s decision to base its European Technical Centre at MIRA shows we are an attractive place for international companies to do business.“The Government’s industrial strategy is clearly working and giving business the confidence to invest and create more high skilled, long term jobs in the UK. We have launched the £3 million Automotive Investment Organisation – a specialist team dedicated to winning overseas investment in the UK car industry. We have also committed more than £1 billion over the next 10 years to ensure the UK maintains its leading position on researching and developing greener car technology.”Bo Annvik, President and CEO at Haldex, said, “The relocation of our European R&D Centre to MIRA Technology Park will allow us to expand our Engineering capabilities and benefit from integrating at one site our world class design and development resources with the multiple test track facilities at MIRA. We look forward to be a part of the MIRA community, and we believe that this initiative will be a keystrategic step in supporting our development that will benefit both Haldex and our customers.”Enterprise Zones are generating new long term investment , laying the foundations for future industries and helping to rebalance the economy. Since they were launched in April 2012, England’s 24 Enterprise Zones have attracted 212 businesses, secured half a billion pounds of private sector investment and created over 4,600 jobs.Today’s announcement is further proof that Enterprise Zones are attracting international companies, building centres of excellence in key sectors such as automotive, pharmaceuticals and renewable energy, and delivering the infrastructure and training that will ensure that Britain continues to be competitive and successful on the global stage. They are delivering government’s industrial strategy by investing in technology, boosting skills, strengthening supply chains and maintaining the UK’s business competitiveness.Over 35 top automotive companies, including Toyota, Cosworth and Pirelli, are already in Enterprise Zones in the UK. On top of that over 15 automotive businesses have moved to or plan to move to the Zones since 2012, including Ashok Leyland, Bloodhound, Bosch Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, Lockheed Martin, Norgren and Triumph.The Zones are working with local areas and schools to inspire the next generation of automotive workers and will create apprenticeships to train local people. By 2020, around 200 new apprenticeships and graduate training places will be required on MIRA. There is also an employment and skills work programme to support skills for businesses locating there.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Food agency calls for new batch of cheese to be withdrawn over

first_imgDunsyre Blue  The decision was taken because it “may contain shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC), a type of bacteria that is potentially harmful to health,” FSS said.The cheeses affected are Dunsyre Blue with the relevant batch number and best-before dates between September 18 and October 18 this year.Dunsyre Baby cheese, with best-before dates between September 21 and October 11 2016, is also subject to the recall, FSS said.E. coli O157 infection can occur after eating food or drinking water that may be contaminated with the faeces from infected animals, or from contact with animals or their environments. The experts told us they were confused and concerned by the testing methodology adopted by the laboratoryErrington Cheese statement The organisation said Errington Cheese had not voluntarily withdrawn the product, so it was initiating the withdrawal of batch G14 from the marketplace.The statement continued: “FSS and South Lanarkshire Council’s investigations into food safety related to unpasteurised cheese produced by Errington Cheese Ltd are ongoing.”Actions will continue to be determined by what is necessary to protect public health and the interests of consumers.”Errington Cheese said it was conducting its own tests.A statement published on the firm’s website said: “We take food safety as our priority and when we were told of the presumptive E.coli O157 result we immediately consulted experts in dairy microbiology.”The experts told us they were confused and concerned by the testing methodology adopted by the laboratory. We have given careful consideration to this and to the fact that the cheese has been on the market for three weeks now with absolutely no reported incidence of illness.”We have arranged for the sample of the same cheese tested by the authorities to be tested and the results will be ready on Monday when we will review the situation and post an update.”Meanwhile, an investigation by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has begun into the death of the three-year-old girl in Dunbartonshire on September 2.The child was among 20 confirmed cases of infection with E.coli O157, with 11 of those requiring hospital treatment.Authorities looking into the outbreak found those affected had consumed Dunsyre Blue before they became unwell. All confirmed cases became unwell before the end of July.During that month, two Dunsyre Blue batches were voluntarily recalled, while on Thursday, Errington Cheese also instigated the “precautionary recall” of third batch of the product. Scotland’s food agency has called for a further batch of cheese to be withdrawn from sale because it may contain E. coli.Food Standards Scotland (FSS) said a sample from a batch of Lanark White, made by Lanarkshire-based Errington Cheese, has tested positive for E. coli O157.A different brand of cheese made by the same firm had been linked to an E. coli outbreak in which a three-year-old girl died.In July, two batches of Dunsyre Blue were voluntarily recalled, and earlier this week a third was taken off the market as a “precautionary” measure. Dunsyre Blue was previously recalled after a three-year-old girl died during an E.coli outbreak linked to the cheeseCredit:PA/FSScenter_img Officials said investigations showed a number of those affected had consumed Dunsyre Blue Officials said investigations showed a number of those affected had consumed Dunsyre Blue FSS has issued a Food Alerts for Action (FAFA) calling for batch G14 of Lanark White to be immediately recalled from sale. It said the products would have been purchased between August 22 and September 10.A statement from FSS said: “A sample from a batch of Lanark White submitted for testing by South Lanarkshire Council has tested positive for E. coli O157.”Although this organism may not carry shiga toxins, it is associated with human disease in the UK, so this cheese is a potential risk to health.”Lanark White, a white cheese made from unpasteurised sheep’s milk, is known to be supplied by Errington Cheese to wholesalers, who in turn supply to retail and catering establishments.The product is mainly provided to specialist cheese shops, delicatessens, hotels and restaurants, FSS said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more