Visit to Warwick Manufacturing Group
On Monday 21 October, our CCB executives, together with their business mentor Dr David Clark, and the Head of PHBS-UK Prof Guy Liu, were all invited to visit the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG). WMG was founded to help reinvigorate the UK manufacturing industry and to help businesses overcome barriers to innovation. WMG has a close working relationship with China; the founder of WMG, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya was honored by the presentation of a China Talent Visa ®in recognition of his high-level expertise in manufacturing and inward investment and sustained interaction with China. Under Lord Bhattacharyya’s direction, WMG is now an industry and academic leader in driving innovation through their pioneering research and education programmes conducted in partnership with private and public organisations worldwide. We were indeed honored for Load Bhattacharyya visited our UK Campus in Oct 2018.
Upon arrival, the CCB executives, Dr Clark, and Prof Liu were warmly welcomed by the WMG team. The Head of Department of WMG, Professor David Mullins took us through the history of WMG, from its founding in 1980 by Professor Lord Bhattacharya to its current conception. Professor Mullins highlighted the importance of the bridge between academia and industry; in particular how WMG serves as that bridge to bring ideas to production. One notable case was how WMG worked with a local British SME to rescue the company from the brink of collapse and revive it by helping it secure a government contract. Professor Mullins also brought his presentation close to the hearts of our CCB Bankers – How can banks help? It was a thought provoking and informative talk.
The next part of the visit saw the CCB executives visiting the various R&D departments in WMG. It is an eye-opener for all to see the cutting-edge work that they do at WMG. One of the executives was very fascinated to see lithium being handled and he remarked that it was quite possible the one and only time he would come that close to the highly reactive metal in its raw form.
The tour and the brief introduction to the good work that they do at WMG were very informative and inspiring. The CCB executives left with a better understanding that academia is not just an ivory tower. With the proper bridge, it can bring ideas to fruition. It was indeed an honour and privilege to be able to visit WMG.