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Tokamak Energy: Replicating the power of the sun

By | September 10th, 2020|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

David Kingham, one of the founders of Tokamak Energy, describes the challenges of delivering commercially-viable fusion energy by 2030 It is hard enough for any science and engineering-related organisation to bring advanced technology to the market. But when striving to establish a business based on the immensely ambitious aim of providing an endless supply of clean and abundant power, forever, those challenges are magnified many times over. David Kingham, one of the founders of Tokamak Energy, with the ST40 fusion energy device. That is the enormity of the task facing David [...]

Member profile: Building the UK’s Mittelstand

By | July 19th, 2020|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

Meet Nick Russel – the man who wants UK manufacturing to learn from Germany by taking a longer-term view of success The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a long-overdue reflection on the importance of national industrial capability. Many UK manufacturers proved their agility at a time of urgent need, forming part of a herculean effort to meet the demand for a range of equipment, from ventilators through to PPE. The response provided a stark reminder of the value of having a flexible indigenous manufacturing base. But what if that manufacturing sector didn’t exist? What [...]

Member profile: Zilico Ltd

By | May 5th, 2020|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

How a Manchester-based start-up has become a global innovator in real-time diagnostic health technology Growing a business from small beginnings is never an easy task. At Manchester-based bio-electric company Zilico Ltd, Chief Executive Sameer Kothari has spent the last decade attempting to navigate the route to success. Zilico has developed an innovative platform technology that could transform health diagnostics around the world. Yet realising this potential has been a journey of many ups and a few downs. “Scaling a technology business is never easy, as the challenges come thick and fast,” says Sameer. [...]

Member profile: Q5D

By | January 31st, 2020|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

Bessemer Society members set to transform the market for wiring harnesses Sometimes, the power of partnership can lead to the development of genuinely disruptive technology that has the potential to transform established markets forever. That is certainly the case with Q5D, a start-up formed as a joint venture by two companies that are working together to revolutionise the way that wiring harnesses are manufactured. Instead of being produced by hand in traditional labour-intensive manner, Q5D’s innovative approach to wiring harnesses combines technologies such as additive manufacturing, 5-axis machining and printed electronics in a [...]

Member profile: Impression Technologies

By | November 20th, 2019|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

High-strength aluminium parts spin-out makes a big impression At a state-of-the-art facility on the outskirts of Coventry, Imperial College spin-out Impression Technologies is working hard to transform the cost economics of aluminium components on modern cars. The rapidly growing company, led by materials engineer and entrepreneur Jonathan Watkins, is commercialising a revolutionary forming technology which delivers stronger, lighter and lower-cost aluminium parts. The company has invested more than $25 million to date, having developed a patented process that is scalable for high volume applications. Such has been the interest in the technology, that [...]

Member profile: Isansys

By | September 24th, 2019|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

Healthcare company makes the most of shared experiences at Bessemer Society networking events For Keith Errey, chief executive of Oxford-based healthcare technology company Isansys, manufacturing organisations are a class apart. He believes there is a special kind of bond among those who ‘make things’, born of collective experiences from bringing products to life. That’s why Keith has been a central figure at the Bessemer Society and a regular attendee at its networking events which encourage technology innovators to get together to share their issues and experiences in an informal setting. “That’s why the [...]

Member profile: Paragraf

By | July 9th, 2019|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

Rapidly expanding start-up builds valuable new contacts Networking is an essential responsibility for any chief executive – but it can be a time-consuming exercise which doesn’t always come with a tangible return on investment. That pressure can be felt keenly by leaders of smaller organisations such as start-ups, who often recognise the value of exchanging information and ideas with their peers, but find themselves faced with a multitude of other tasks which always seem to take priority. For Simon Thomas, chief executive of Cambridge University spin-out Paragraf, identifying and making the most of [...]