Revolutionary Innovation from Pirelli, Robotic Spiders and Strategy Games at Eden Golf Club
Carlisle Ambassadors’ latest meeting showcased the wealth of innovation in Carlisle and beyond.
Update Jan 2017: New Gallery of Images added from meeting at Eden Golf Club Over 200 people attended the event at Eden Golf Club, and had an opportunity to visit stands and chat to teams from inspiring local companies. There were representatives from Pirelli, Innovia, Forth Engineering, Tech 4 Office, Cumbria Police, Bruce and Lukes Coffee, Vulcain Engineering Innovus, Lloyds Motors and many more.
The Quality Director of Pirelli, Tony di Gravio, talked about the innovative “Pirelli Noise Cancelling System” used on the P Zero tyre which is manufactured locally. “750 people do this work in Carlisle on a daily basis. They are very proud and so am I”. He reminded the audience that “when driving home, all that comes between you and the asphalt is four tyres” and explained that it involved more than “just pouring rubber into a mould” as has been suggested to him on numerous occasions. We love the fact that we get a much better insight into these influential businesses when they come and share developments - with the networking opportunities, and the lack of any "hierarchy" at the meetings, people from very different corporate backgrounds create excellent links to further the interests of Carlisle and Cumbria.
The other key speaker at the event was Oliver Viney of Atlantic Geomatics, who showed why Innovus had supported their development of cutting edge surveying equipment, which is now being looked at globally for a variety of applications. Really fascinating, and we look forward to seeing this business grow in influence - they already have an excellent reputation.
[caption id="attachment_3938" align="alignleft" width="200"] Adrian Davis-Johnston of Innovus
The event was also hosted by Adrian Davis-Johnston of Innovus, an organisation that seeks to commercialise innovative technologies in Cumbria. He reminded the audience that the county punches above its weight in this area, and that it is vital to ask for help and support in order to turn ideas into reality. He was proud to cite Atlantic Geomatics as one of their many success stories, and also the fact that his organisation has strong links with various companies exhibiting at the meeting.
Colin Glover of Carlisle City Council said that “Carlisle and Cumbria has so much innovation going on and it is really good to showcase it”. The Carlisle Ambassadors continue to nurture an effective mix of public and private sector collaboration, which has resulted in projects that have made a difference both to business and community. The clearest example of this is the success of the Give a Day project, now in its second year.
At this meeting, there was a clear call to action from Chris Graham of Carlisle Eden Mind, and an excellent response to his offer of free workplace training to reduce mental health issues at work.
Collette McQueen of Bespoke Minds also managed to light a spark in the attendees and get volunteers for her “Hotstepping for Floods” fire walk.
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