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“We sit at the top of motorsport infrastructure,” McNamara

The technical director of Williams Advanced Engineering has praised the quality of its supply chain in the Central & East region.

In an exclusive interview with Insider, Paul McNamara also spoke about the work the company is doing outside of Formula 1 and his views on innovation and skills

Williams Advanced Engineering is not just about cars and the automotive sector; it also operates in sectors and aerospace, defence and healthcare.

For example, one of the components it has recently worked on for the military has been in collaboration with Thales. The air-sampling device is used in air bases to detect biological hazards, with all the parts coming from its regular motorsport supply base.

McNamara told Insider: "We take specific aspects of the motor racing cars and apply them to other cars and other projects."

Another example of this is in the electrification of vehicles, an area they are working in collaboration with Aston Martin.

"We sit at the top of motorsport infrastructure," McNamara added. "And because of our size and brand the projects we work on we can bring all our motorsport suppliers with us. Our proposition is working with the motorsport industry from the UK."

McNamara will be the keynote speaker at the Made in Central & East England Awards 2018, the premier manufacturing awards for the region aimed at rewarding the work of manufacturers, designers and product developers to showcase their products and recognise their talented and committed workforces.

Seven awards will be presented at the gala awards dinner:

Digital Engineering/Technology Award
Manufacturing Innovation Award
Automotive Awards
Export Award
Manufacturing Apprenticeship/Training Scheme Award
Manufacturer of the Year (below £25m turnover)
Manufacturer of the Year (above £25m turnover)

An independent panel of manufacturing experts will judge the submissions and the winners will be announced at the awards dinner being held at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Milton Keynes on 22 March 2018.

The Central & East Awards 2018 form part of a national suite of Made in….events, with the winners of all the regional events going on to compete against each other in Insider’s national final, Made in the UK, which takes place in Liverpool in June 2018.

To make a submission to enter the Made the Central & East Awards 2018 click here.

To sponsor the awards please contact Tracey Bull at [email protected] or ring 0121 214 6560.

The full interview with Paul McNamara will be published soon.



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