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TechWorks and Subsea UK sign agreement to collaborate

13th April 2021
Alex Lynn

A multi-year Memorandum of Understanding signed between Subsea UK and TechWorks, the UK’s industry association for the deep tech community, will promote collaboration on critical and valuable areas in the development of underwater technology, helping to increase exports and create new jobs.

TechWorks objective is to strengthen the UK’s deep tech capabilities as a global leader of future technologies. To do this we form adjacent communities that are influential in defining and shaping the advancements of industry. An integral part of TechWorks goal is collaborating with equally ambitious organisations. Forming this MOU with Subsea UK is a strategic landmark as TechWorks continue to grow and explore new and exciting industries with like-minded organisations.

Collaboration, communication and innovation are three key principles at the forefront of TechWorks mission. TechWorks aim to work closely with Subsea UK by working on projects and initiatives with the goal of continuously providing benefits to the respective members.

Described as NASA but on the seabed, the underwater engineering industry, represented by Subsea UK, uses technology and services to unlock energy resources in oil and gas and offshore wind production. The world-leading industry, which has annual revenues of almost £8bn and supports 45,000 jobs, is extending into emerging sectors such as marine renewables and aquaculture.

Alan Banks – Chief Executive of TechWorks said: “The Deep Tech industries in the UK are going through unprecedented change and the best way to overcome the challenges and capitalise on the opportunities we face, is by joining forces with likeminded organisations. Subsea UK is a wonderful example of where the likeminded thinking and collaborative spirit will make us stronger as we work together to forge stronger links between our sector, there are many examples of where the technologies being developed and the scientific, engineering and design thinking challenges being overcome in the UK are applicable in both of our sectors”.

Neil Gordon, Chief Executive of Subsea UK, said: “The electronics industry, like the subsea industry, is often hidden from view. For example, the electronic systems in a car or the subsea infrastructure on the seabed, are largely unseen but critical to the functioning of a vehicle or the production of energy offshore.

“It quickly became apparent that we could work collaboratively to help the supply chain grow, enhancing UK capabilities in both industries and, through a joined-up supply chain strategy have more impact and more meaningful engagement with government.

“The technologies being developed by the electronics industry in, for example, electric vehicles drive systems, battery storage and navigation are very relevant in the advancement of underwater robotics and underwater artificial intelligence. In essence, working together, we can learn from and collaborate with the electronics industry to develop new advanced technologies for underwater operations.”

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