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The Future of Transport

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NPL’s Manufacturer Measurement Network (MMN) held its first event of 2019 on 15 January in conjunction with the University of Huddersfield at the 3M BIC. The Future of Transportation event attracted an audience of over 70 people from different business backgrounds including both large organisations and SMEs, as well as representatives of academia and technology providers.

The talks focused on light weighting and composites; electric and hybrid propulsion; and connected and autonomous vehicles. Speakers included the Northern Automotive Alliance, the University of Huddersfield, Liverpool John Moores University, and National Physical Laboratory. Their presentations helped attendees develop a better understanding of complex topics from different perspectives.

In addition, representatives from a Leeds City Region based business support programme gave the audience an update about available funding options.

The audience was entertained with a measurement competition which involved estimating the distance from Manchester, UK to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in kilometres. The winner was a representative of Lancereal Limited, located in Huddersfield, who won a NPL mug and socks!

The event received very positive feedback: “Great event to gain awareness and network with others, gaining different perspectives.” “Good mix of presentations at different levels.” “It was a fascinating insight into future developments.”

Following the feedback received during previous events from the MMN members, the next event will take place on 16 April at the 3M BIC and will cover the topic of ‘Succession Planning and the Skills Mix for Manufacturers’.

To book a place at the event, visit

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