Two West Midlands businesses that have worked
alongside the University of Wolverhampton to develop innovative
products are taking a starring role in an exhibition to highlight
the best in British manufacturing.
Telford-based The Green Roof Tile Company, and Clarkwood
Engineering, in Wolverhampton, beat competition from hundreds of UK
companies to a place at the Make it in Great Britain exhibition,
which aims to educate visitors about the value of manufacturing to
the UK economy.
The free exhibition at the Science Museum in London runs until
Sunday, 9 September 2012.
The University worked alongside the Green Roof Tile Company to
develop its revolutionary roofing tile made from recycled polymers.
The Envirotile weighs just 710g – less than a quarter of the weight
of conventional concrete roof tiles.
Clarkwood Engineering was selected for the new product challenge
zone within the exhibition, and given the opportunity to showcase
its TenCon load indicating system, which is an innovative way of
checking that bolts stay tight in service. This was developed with
the assistance of the Caparo Innovation Centre at the University
through the Innovation 1st project, which aims to help businesses
adopt new technologies.
The exhibition is the culmination of the Make it in Great
Britain campaign; an initiative launched by the Department for
Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) last year which aims to
challenge outdated opinions of the UK manufacturing industry.
The Green Roof Tile Company has also been selected by BIS as one
of a small number of exhibitors to take part in a special ‘Make it
in Great Britain’ showcase in central London.
Caparo Industrial Professor, Andrew Pollard, said: “The
University is delighted to have been involved with two companies
exhibiting at the ‘Make it in Great Britain’ exhibition running at
the Science Museum all through the summer to coincide with the
“BIS have gone on to select a small number of exhibitors for a
‘Make it in Great Britain’ showcase in the reception foyer of their
offices in London. Once again, we’re delighted that The Green Roof
Tile Company has been selected to represent the exhibition and
visitors to the BIS offices can see the product and its story
played out there.”
For more information about Make it in Great Britain, visit
Picture: Trevor Wakefield, inventor of the
Green Roof Tile Company’s Envirotile, at the Make it in Great
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