Minister for Industry and Energy visits Bristol and Bath Science Park

Minister for Industry and Energy visits Bristol and Bath Science Park

Jesse Norman, Minister for Industry and Energy visited Bristol and Bath Science Park (BBSP), meeting with the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), a specialist in high value design capability, and HiETA Technologies, experts in Additive Manufacturing (AM).

Misister VisitThe Minister's visit was in conjunction with the launch of CFMS’s new Cray® CS400 cluster supercomputer. Up to five times more powerful than the previous system, industry organisations including Rolls-Royce and Airbus use the CFMS High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster for research and methods development, which underpins simulation-based design activities.

Sam Paice, Chief Technology Officer, CFMS commented, “As the core of product development for organisations involved in high value design, supercomputers will drive efficiencies in design optimisation and rapid innovation. Working with organisations large to small, we provide access to technologies that enable the acceleration of engineering design and exponential business growth.”

Coinciding with the visit, also announced was a new £19.2 million project led by Airbus, made possible through joint industry and UK funding from government under the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). The Advanced Product Concept Analysis Environment (APROCONE) project, of which CFMS is a collaborative partner, along with Cranfield University, GKN Aerospace, MSC Software, Rolls-Royce and University of Cambridge, will develop new methods for aircraft wing design by harnessing the power of the latest computing technology.

The South West is a very successful and progressive region, and is home to a number of prominent organisations in the Aerospace and Advanced Engineering, High Tech, Creative & Digital, Low Carbon Technologies and Financial and Professional Business Services sectors. Tech City UK recognise Bristol and Bath as the biggest digital cluster in the UK outside of London, with a growth turnover of 53%. Bristol and Bath Science Park offers a world-class environment that provides the space, flexibility and support for businesses to accelerate their growth and success. Tom Beasley, Innovation Director, BBSP, commented, “As one of the strongest economies in the South West with a significant presence from global organisations, the businesses based at Bristol & Bath Science Park are greatly benefiting from business investment in the region.”

Note to Editors:

APROCONE is a £19.2 million project led by Airbus to develop new methods for aircraft wing design by embracing opportunities offered by developments in information systems technologies. The project aims to develop a highly productive, collaborative design environment and associated methodologies that will mean wings can be designed more innovatively and quickly to meet future market and environmental needs. The project has been made possible thanks to joint industry and UK government investment under the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). The project will be led by a team from Airbus in Filton, Bristol, which is a global centre of excellence for wing design, development and testing.

About CFMS

The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) is proud to be a growing, independent andMinister Visit Science Park 31 Bristol Design-for-profit organisation that specialises in high value design capability. We promote advanced modelling and simulation, underpinned by HPC, pushing the boundaries of technology.

Through our exceptional, collaborative, virtual and physical facility, we enable the adoption and acceleration of new technologies for advanced modelling and simulation, while improving learning and developing awareness of state-of-the-art. Engaging with organisations large and small, we help to provide access to the right tools, resources, skills and technologies, resulting in increased productivity and faster, more informed decision-making.

As a trusted and neutral provider, our vision is to drive a practical revolution in engineering capability and design, working with organisations to reduce risk in the design phase, product development costs and time to market.

For further information about how CFMS can help your business, view the brochure here, call 0117 906 1100 or email

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About Bristol and Bath Science Park

Bristol & Bath Science Park is a hub for innovation and high tech research, providing a hothouse environment for pioneering science and technology businesses to develop and grow.

The Park opened in 2011 and Phase One is now nearing capacity, now home to around 50 growing businesses.

It is also home to the National Composites Centre, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. It was initiated by the UK Composites to bring together the UK’s composites industry and academia in an open innovation centre. Owned by the University of Bristol, Phase Two of the NCC was formally opened by then Business Secretary Vince Cable in October 2014. The NCC has over 40 industrial members, corporates and SMEs.

Phase One of the Bristol & Bath Science Park is split into the 25,000 sq ft Innovation Centre and a further 25,000 sq ft Grow On Centre. This provides flexible ‘scale up’ space for growing enterprises, including laboratories.

Linking the Innovation Centre and Grow On Centre is the Forum, a contemporary, bright and airy central space with breakout spaces, meeting and conference rooms and café.

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