26 September 2018
The autonomous vehicle industry is innovating fast, with UK production of autonomous cars expected to grow significantly by 2030(1). This in turn is generating an increasing demand for more efficient advanced materials, electronics and technologies.
Start-up company A2O Innovation Solutions is developing technology for manufacturing advanced materials for the transport industry, particularly for autonomous vehicles, that can be used to reduce weight and CO2 emissions, and improve operational efficiency. It is combining this technology with an advanced material structural health monitoring system for enhanced reliability.
At the STFC CERN Business Incubation Centre (STFC CERN BIC), the company is taking its technologies to the next level, with invaluable access to both STFC and CERN intellectual property, technologies and expertise, particularly in the design and integration of high-reliability electronics and sensors, supported by £40k in grant funding.
Company founder, Chris Berg said: “A2O’s mission is focussed on removing the barriers to adoption of advanced materials for the transport industry by lowering component production costs and increasing manufacturing throughput. Joining the STFC CERN BIC gives us access to vital expertise, both in terms of technology and business development, that will help us achieve this. On top of this, locating our business at Sci-Tech Daresbury is already proving to be invaluable thanks to the many business programme and networking opportunities across the campus.”
Chris Berg explains in more detail why he applied for the STFC CERN BIC and provides tips for similar SMEs:
The STFC CERN BIC supports SMEs that are developing new products and services using technology originally developed for use in high energy physics research. Further information and advice about getting involved with the STFC CERN BIC, and how it could benefit your company, can be found at the STFC CERN BIC website.
1 KPMG: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles – The UK Economic Opportunity>
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