Collaborate to Innovate 2018 winners announced

Collaborative engineering projects ranging from the development of robotic technology for performing surgery on jet engines to projects driving the development of autonomous and connected vehicles were among the winners announced at The Engineer’s 2018 Collaborate to Innovate awards event in London on the 6th November

C2I2018 Winners
Frazer-Nash Consultancy Engineering Director Chris Guyott introduces the 2018 winners' party

Judged by a panel of leading UK engineers - and sponsored by Frazer-Nash Consultancy - winning entries had to demonstrate that they were innovative, collaborative and likely to have an impact in their field of application.

The event provided a fascinating snapshot of some of the trends and technologies that are defining modern engineering, and also highlighted the degree to which industry and academia are collaborating to solve fundamental problems across a variety of sectors.

The winners of this year's manufacturing technology category celebrate

Commenting on this year's competition editor of The Engineer Jon Excell said, "We launched these awards  to show how engineers and scientists are working together to tackle some of the biggest issues we face as a society. All of the finalists here this evening demonstrate that, and all of them can be very proud of what they’ve achieved."

The winners are listed in full below. Click here for more detailed coverage on this year's successful projects

Category: Energy, Efficiency & Sustainability

Balanced Energy Network (BEN)

Icax with London South Bank University, Upside Energy, Origen Power, Cranfield University, Mixergy, TFGI

Category: Healthcare & Medical

Universal Plasma

NIRI with NHSBT, Macopharma

Category: Information, Data & Connectivity

Sponsored by Babcock International Group 


Robert Bosch Ltd with Jaguar Land Rover Limited, TRL Limited, The Floow Limited, Direct Line Insurance Services Limited, Royal Borough of Greenwich

Category: Aerospace, Defence & Security

Keyhole Surgery for Jet Engines

Rolls-Royce plc with University of Nottingham

Category: Automotive

UK Autodrive

Arup with AXA Insurance, Coventry City Council, Ford Motor Company, Gowling WLG, Horiba MIRA, Jaguar Land Rover, Milton Keynes Council, RDM Group (Aurrigo), Tata Motors European Technical Centre, Thales, The Open University, Transport Systems Catapult, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford.

Category: Manufacturing Technology

sponsored by Mazak


High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) with Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), National Composites Centre (NCC), Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), Centre for Process Industries (CPI)

Category: Academic Innovator

Sponsored by Renishaw

South West Nuclear Hub: nuclear energy teaching, research and innovation

University of Bristol with University of Oxford, Sellafield Ltd, EDF Energy, Atkins, Magnox, National Nuclear Laboratory, Kyoto University

Category: Young Innovator - Engagement Initiative 

Sponsored by Renishaw

Living in Space and Young Innovators Programme

SMASHfestUK with Middlesex University, The Refinery, Deptford Green School - Design and Technology Year 9 students, Llangatwg Community School Year 8 students, Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College Sixth Form, Christ the King Sixth Form, AstroCymru, Monster Paw Games, Little Inventors, University of Greenwich, Science and Technology Facilities Council, Royal Academy of Engineering, UK Space Agency

Here’s what our judges had to say about this year’s shortlist:

“The variety we had in the entries was quite inspirational – just seeing how many different domains the UK is pushing the boundaries in inspired me about the future of engineering”

Abbie Hutty, ExoMars Project, Airbus 

“As a first time judge I was taken aback by the amount of innovation, the high standard of the entries and the broadness of the applications across a range of different aspects.”

Steve Penver, Babcock International Group, head of data and analytics 

“An impressive range of entries, demonstrating the quality and depth of innovation that’s ongoing in the country. It makes me feel optimistic about the future.”

Chris Guyott, engineering director, Frazer-Nash consultancy

“I found the level of collaboration quite astonishing – the other thing that comes out is the cross-fertilisation of techniques and technologies from one sector to another

John Halton – Director Business & Industry, Engineering UK  

“Really strong inputs, and strong signals in terms of AI coming to the front,”

Andy Wright – director strategic technology, BAE Systems 

“Such a wide range of high-quality, Innovative and diverse entries really gives you confidence about the opportunities in engineering and what a fun place it is to work.”

Alan Newby, director aerospace technology and future programmes, Rolls-Royce Plc  

Collaborate to Innovate is supported by the following organisations: 

Headline Sponsor

Frazer Nash Consultancy

Category Sponsors

Babcock International Group

Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd




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