Eureka - The way for Automatic Assembly Cell Design
TQC Ltd. is a classic
example of company evolution involving research, development and diversification.
Released by the dti on Friday
11th July 2003
CASH BOOST FOR NOTTINGHAM HIGH-TECH BUSINESS WITH
A Nottingham company is amongst the 36 research projects
sharing £5.4million, the largest DTI payout in recent years to EUREKA projects.
TQC Ltd based in Hooton Street was awarded £856,000 over
three years for its project to help engineers design automatic assembly systems using an
Working with the School of Mechanical Materials Manufacturing
Engineering and Management at the University of Nottingham they aim to create a forum
for suppliers and customers to interact at the early product and assembly cell design
36 UK companies involved in 17 research projects are to
benefit from funding through their involvement in EUREKA,
the Europe-wide, government-funded initiative, Science Minister Lord Sainsbury announced
Aiming to increase European competitiveness in new technology, EUREKA promotes
collaboration between companies, universities and research institutions across Europe.
31 new projects, involving 51 UK companies, are part of this European programme and
have won the EUREKA seal of approval, and of these, 17
projects are sharing the multi-million pound DTI grant.
Announcing the projects, Lord Sainsbury said;
Innovation and investment in R&D are vital for the creation of jobs and
long-term prosperity.It is crucial for UK business that new ideas make it beyond the
drawing-board stage, and are explored in research projects and developed into successful
The EUREKA programme is a great opportunity
for UK companies to form strategic partnerships with European counterparts, and I am
pleased that so many UK companies are involved, and have received a share in this
These innovative projects ensure that the UK manufacturing industry continues to
take the lead in the generation of new ideas for high quality, value added products and
processes for global markets.
Examples of what this project concerns can be seen on Pallet