For hundreds of years, British engineering has been recognised as one of the most influential and cutting-edge industries in the world.
Although British engineering doesn’t always reach the front page of every newspaper, 2019 is proving to be a special year for the industry for a variety of exciting reasons.
British engineering is a hit with the public
A recent survey commissioned by the Royal Academy of Engineering found that 88% of the British public are proud of the UK’s engineering achievements.
Two-thirds of those surveyed that were aware of the UK’s engineering achievements believed that the next big technological breakthrough will come from the UK.
Furthermore, 90% of those surveyed recognised that British engineering is important to the UK economy. Dr Dame Sue Ion DBE FREng FRS, Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award Judging Panel, said: “The UK has a rich engineering heritage and this poll suggests that people want to hear more about modern engineering developments.”
She continued, saying that: “It is very encouraging to see that the public is positive about what the future holds for UK engineering and its importance to our economy. Celebrating current engineering excellence is crucial if the sector is to receive the support it needs and to inspire the next generation of engineers.”
The Royal Mail is celebrating 50 years of engineering
From the Harrier Jump Jet, through to the Raspberry Pi, The Royal Mail announced earlier in May that it is to celebrate the last 50 years of British Engineering by releasing a collection of 10 new stamps to celebrate British innovation.
Philip Parker, Head of Stamp Strategy at Royal Mail, said: “British innovation in engineering is world renowned. This stamp issue proudly celebrates the projects and inventions which showcase this, as well as demonstrating the extraordinary range of disciplines that British engineers excel in.”
If you happen to be a stamp collector yourself, or are just a fan of British engineering, you can pick up your own collection from the Post Office.
The future is electric
Although it’s not often that you hear good news about the motor industry, it was reported in early May that overseas investors are now looking towards Britain for the production of electric vehicles.
One such company, Polestar (the performance arm of Volvo), has recently increased its research and development capacity in Coventry, which is set to strengthen the company’s ability to engineer electric performance vehicles.
It is thought that the operation will employ around 60 engineers that will specialise in the development of Polestar vehicles, with engineers having already been involved in preliminary development work.
Hans Pehrson, head of research and development at Polestar said: “Polestar’s role as a technology spearhead requires new and developing skills in low-volume, lightweight, multi-material performance car engineering, and the new UK operation will allow us to take the next steps towards our future cars.”
Polestar launched in 2017, releasing its first low-volume electric performance Hybrid GT the same year.