DSEI 2013: THE INTERNATIONAL WINDOW FOR UK SUPPLY CHAINS
Small business innovation vital for sustainability
In the face of global economic recession, DSEI 2013 represents a timely opportunity for UK Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to tap into both national and international export markets. With more than 30,000 visitors from over 120 countries expected to attend, DSEI 2013 provides the platform for UK SMEs to network with international delegations and visitors.
The UK MoD recognises the contribution of SMEs as direct suppliers and as participants in the defence supply chain and in March 2013, the MoD published its action plan (2013/14), describing the work being done to support and encourage SMEs; it also set targets for increasing MoD’s direct and indirect spend with SMEs by the end of 2014/15.
The white paper on ‘National security through technology: technology, equipment, and support for UK defence and security’ took into account responses received from the consultation green paper that was published in December 2010. The consultation process identified the potential for improvements in three main areas: changes to government processes, particularly within MoD; the way MoD manages its direct relationships with SMEs; and SMEs’ relationships with prime contractors.
At DSEI 2013, six themed zones will make it easier for visitors to meet UK SMEs and view their associated products either in a static display or in a realistic demonstration setting. The new structure, in conjunction with an enhanced seminar programme, has engendered a significant increase in the number of exhibitors attending the event. Focus areas include, but are not limited to: the Air Display Area; Land Capability Showcase; Medical Zone; Naval Zone, to include Waterborne Demonstrations; and the Unmanned Systems Showcase.
Making its first appearance at DSEI 2013, CTruk is a relatively new SME which has rapidly established itself as the market leader for the provision of twin-hulled, composite vessels for the offshore wind sector. Currently, it is building a lightweight and fuel-efficient 11m fast-reaction and interceptor catamaran (Twin Hulled Offshore Raider) with enhanced performance for defence/maritime security/coastguard and similar missions. A demonstrator will be exhibited at DSEI as part of the Waterborne Demonstrations, which will again be a key feature at this year’s event.
There will be an expanded marina and in-depth scenarios, covering current and future threats to maritime security and warfare. This will provide exhibitors, such as CTruk, with a unique opportunity to demonstrate their related products and services in a realistic environment in front of international delegations and visitors.
“CTruk is a market leader in the design and build of composite offshore wind farm support vessels and has built 11 since 2010; all of which are at work 24/7 in harsh sea states. These innovative boats are rugged, robust and cost-effective, with multi-role features that have direct technology-crossover applicability in the military, security and disaster relief sectors,” said Vice Admiral Sir Tim McClement KCB OBE, Director of CTruk’s Military & Security Division.
“We are confident that exhibiting at DSEI for the first time, with the additional draw of our first military demonstrator vessel in the water, will boost our profile in this sector and put us in touch with key decision makers and influencers,” added Vice Admiral McClement.
Since exhibiting at DSEI 2011, AeroGlow has secured a multi-million pound contract with the UK MoD for over 700 Hatch Lighting and Orientation Systems (HaLO), which have been successfully delivered to Urgent Operational Requirements time lines. During the last four years, AeroGlow has delivered over 1,000 HaLO units to the US SOCOM, where the system has been fitted to all Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected platforms operated by US Special Forces. The company was also selected to provide emergen