Industry News

WAG: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced its endorsement of the Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) which will ‘create a unique environment within the UK for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to fly in segregated airspace’.  The revised airspace will become effective from 28 July 2011.
 
The Welsh Government, which sponsored the ACP, has been the driving force behind setting up the Wales UAS environment, which includes ParcAberporth as a dedicated centre for UAS.  Endorsement of the ACP will further enhance the facilities and services already available within the region.
Press release & links ~ WAG: Airspace Change Proposal - ParcAberporth ~ IISS: Unmanned future: the next era of European aerospace?
 
WAG: The success of a Welsh start-up company that developed a unique concrete product now used by the construction & civil engineering sector worldwide is to be featured at a business innovation seminar in Swansea.
 
Concrete Canvas was started just 4 years ago by Will Crawford & Peter Brewin to manufacture Concrete Cloth, the revolutionary material technology they developed. The cement-impregnated fabric hardens when hydrated to form a fire & waterproof concrete surface.  The flexible material can be moulded to fit any shape and once hydrated starts setting in only two hours.
 
The company has benefited from Business Innovation, a £28m programme part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, to help companies in Wales identify opportunities for business improvement & growth.
Press release & links ~ Concrete Canvas
 
Defra: Tens of thousands of new apprenticeship opportunities in the food industry were announced by Food Minister, Jim Paice, last week.  Mr Paice made the announcement as he launched a Defra-sponsored action plan to get food businesses to run more apprenticeships and change the way young people to think about working in the food industry.
Press release & links ~ Skills Action Plan for the Food Supply Chain
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