Feminine engineers reworked into eco-innovators by means of collaborations


Girls-led engineering companies are benefiting from a programme which permits academia-industry collaboration to create progressive low carbon items, processes and companies. Autentica Components, primarily based in Liverpool, is a platform which permits engineers to share designs for components and parts which might be 3D printed by clients wherever on the earth.

It’s the brainchild of Irma Gilbert who developed the idea by means of the Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory (LCEI), a enterprise assist programme co-delivered by Lancaster College which provides small firms free entry to educational experience and assets by means of funded analysis and improvement tasks, starting from one month to 12-months.

INWED22-Irma Gilbert, Founder and CEO of Autentica Parts

Irma Gilbert, Founder and CEO of Autentica Components

Irma’s analysis and improvement was accelerated utilizing a fully-funded intern who helped create a prototype for the platform which now boasts clients in Europe, the Center East, Asia and South America in quite a lot of sectors together with automotive, electronics, client items, medical companies, heavy equipment and power.

The progressive platform is decarbonising the manufacturing provide chain, lowering buyer transportation and logistics prices by 70%, supply instances from three months to 24 hours, and  CO2 emissions by as much as 40%.

Irma attributes the success of the enterprise to the collaboration with Lancaster College. She now has a crew of 4 and is forecasting a turnover of £6m by 2025.

“As a lady on the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution I wanted somebody to consider in my ambition,” she mentioned. “I noticed a transformational alternative to create a market the place engineers might share their designs for components and parts, which might then be uploaded to a platform, licenced and downloaded by clients wherever on the earth for additive manufacture.

“We actually are indebted to the assist supplied by LCEI and the experience of Lancaster College which supercharged my concepts to create a platform remodeling provide chains, lowering carbon emissions and constructing a sustainable future.”

Lisa Furlong, Managing Director of Mole Group Utilities

Lisa Furlong, Managing Director of Mole Group Utilities

Lisa Furlong, Managing Director of construction-based civil engineers, Mole Group Utilities, primarily based on the Wirral, has additionally benefited from LCEI.

Having already pioneered its distinctive Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) applied sciences to excavate underground pathways for cables, pipes and community hyperlinks, Lisa used a funded internship to develop a advertising and marketing and communications plan which demonstrated its environmental credentials and distinctive strategies.

LCEi is delivered by Lancaster College’s Centre for International Eco-Innovation which is led by Jess Davies, Professor in Sustainability.

Professor Jess Davies, Lancaster University2

Professor Jess Davies, Lancaster College

Jess, an engineer and environmental scientist, mentioned: “Engineers convey problem-solving talent units to the desk, that are actually vital to growing sustainable practices, services or products throughout many areas together with conventional areas like power, transport and wastewater, but in addition they’ve a lot to supply different challenges reminiscent of supporting biodiversity.

“One of many primary challenges for girls beginning out in engineering is seeing it as a career for them – having nice feminine function fashions is extremely vital. And whereas there was nice progress, occasions like Worldwide Girls in Engineering Day assist have a good time these.

“Irma and Lisa are nice examples to indicate what ladies can obtain in engineering and we’re thrilled to listen to that the type of entry to alternatives, assets and assist we’ve got supplied by means of our programme has helped with their improvement as eco-innovation leaders.

“As a programme, we wish to champion SMEs to play a number one function in addressing local weather and environmental emergencies. However it is usually vital that we champion the variety of those innovators to assist overcome obstacles and alter the standard tradition and norms. We may help drive change by diversifying networks. We want various views and lived experiences to type a greater understanding of the numerous dimensions of the issue and we’re going to want all of the creativity that comes with variety to assist us discover good options to the foremost environmental issues of our instances.”

LCEI is a enterprise R&D consortium, backed by the European Regional Growth Fund (ERDF), and led by Liverpool John Moores College (LJMU) alongside companions Lancaster College and the College of Liverpool.

Since its launch in 2015, the Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory has supported 350 companies on tasks which have saved 10,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases.


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