Our sponsors for 2018 were:

Sustainability sponsor

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ABB regards excellence in sustainability as vital to the continued success of every aspect of its daily operations.

ABB’s extensive community of research engineers and scientists are focused totally on innovations that help utility and industry customers improve their energy efficiency, raise productivity, increase recycling and lower environmental impact.


Intelligent Systems sponsor

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Altran ranks as the undisputed global leader in Engineering and R&D services (ER&D), following its acquisition of Aricent. The company offers clients an unmatched value proposition to address their transformation and innovation needs. Altran works alongside its clients, from initial concept through industrialisation, to invent the products and services of tomorrow.

For over thirty years, the company has provided expertise in aerospace, automotive, defence, energy, finance, life sciences, railway and telecommunications. The Aricent acquisition extends this leadership to semiconductors, digital experience and design innovation. Combined, Altran and Aricent generated revenues of €2.9 billion in 2017, with some 45,000 employees in more than 30 countries.

Altran has extensive capability in the development of intelligent systems. At the company’s Bath-based expertise centre (established in 1983) its team has engaged in a number of high-profile projects demanding the very highest level of excellence, including building the latest air traffic management systems, developing safety-critical software for the defence sector and contributing to key national infrastructure projects.


Start-up sponsor

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Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions.

Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 150,000 original equipment manufacturers, value-added resellers, contract manufacturers, and commercial customers through a global network.

The company maintains over 300 sales facilities and 45 distribution and value-added centres, serving over 80 countries.

Technology Transfer sponsor

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Coventry University

The transport sector is currently going through a technological revolution, with the low-carbon agenda and the move towards vehicle autonomy creating an unprecedented demand for research, innovation and development.

Coventry University has long been associated with the transport sector, through our teaching, research and consultancy. Our Institute for Future Transport and Cities brings together world class expertise in disciplines across art and design, human factors, engineering, manufacturing, computer systems and business studies to deliver our vision of “safe and sustainable transport solutions fit for the cities of the future”.

Cyber Security sponsor

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Frazer-Nash is a leading systems and engineering technology company. We’re renowned for our work in the aerospace, transport, nuclear, marine, defence, power and energy sectors and our security, resilience, cyber and information technology expertise.

Our Systems Approach helps us respond to our clients’ challenges. Our experts work with them to understand the whole range of financial, operational, organisational, people and other issues that surround their needs. And we use this understanding to deliver demonstrable business and technical value.

As part of our commitment to delivering the very best in creativity and innovation, we’re proud to sponsor the IET’s Cyber Security Innovation Award 2017.


Communications and Information Technology sponsor

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GCHQ is a security and intelligence organisation tasked by Government to protect the nation from threats.

We live in a rapidly changing world enabled by new and exciting technology, the same technology that is at the heart of GCHQ.

Innovation is part of our culture, and is the lifeblood that allows GCHQ to harness this power to focus on its security and intelligence missions; to protect the nation from threats, including fighting terrorism, drug trafficking, and other forms of serious crime, as well as providing support to military operations across the world.


Power and Energy sponsor

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National Grid

National Grid is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. We own and manage the grids that connect people to the energy they need, from whatever the source.  In Britain and the north-eastern states of the US we run systems that deliver gas and electricity to millions of people, businesses and communities.

In Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country. We own the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales, operating it across Great Britain. We also own and operate the high pressure gas transmission system in Britain. In the North Eastern US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles.

Our portfolio of other businesses is mainly concerned with infrastructure provision and related services where we can exploit our core skills and assets to create value. These businesses operate in areas such as metering, import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at our terminal on the Isle of Grain, interconnectors and property


Model-Based Engineering sponsor

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MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualisation, and numeric computation.

Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries.

MathWorks products are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world's universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 3500 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA.


Emerging Technology Design sponsor

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RS Components

RS Components is the global distributor for engineers. RS supports engineers across all disciplines with an extensive range of electronics and industrial products and services, free software and information resources that save time and expense through the design process.

RS gives engineers back their time by reducing the tediousness of day-to-day tasks, so they can focus on the fun stuff; the big new ideas and innovations that will become common-place in tomorrow’s world.

With operations in 32 countries, RS offers more than 500,000 products to over one million customers, shipping around 50,000 parcels a day. The company’s products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.


Young Innovators sponsor

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Siemens Energy Management Division is one of the leading global suppliers of products, systems, solutions, and services for the reliable transmission and distribution of electrical power.

As trusted partner for the development and extension of an efficient power infrastructure, we offer utilities and the industry the portfolio they need. This includes facilities and systems for the low-voltage and distribution power grid level, smart grids and high-voltage transmission systems.

Energy storage systems and solutions for decentralized energy systems complete the offer. Represented in more than 90 countries, this Division has about 52,000 employees and roughly 100 production sites worldwide. Further information is available.


Manufacturing Technology sponsor

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WMG, at the University of Warwick, has an international reputation for collaborative R&D and world class education. We connect industry with academia, working together to solve both business and technical challenges  through our unique multidisciplinary approach to innovation.

We push the boundaries for science and technology-driven businesses, where we enable the transfer of knowledge into new areas that make a real impact on society and the economy.

Over the past 37 years we’ve built up a reputation for delivering  diverse projects across a range of industry sectors, and have forged strong relationships with over 1,000 companies around the world.

Our education programmes develop a skills base from undergraduate to professional programmes. Informed by our latest research, and that of industry, our programmes maintain a vital relevance to the global market place.


Contact us to arrange your package

For further information, more details about category sponsorship and to share your ideas for participation please contact:

Mandy Mercer
Sponsorship Sales Executive
Tel: +44 (0)1438 765 571
Mobile: +44 (0)7921 484 481
Fax: +44 (0)1438 765 515
Email: mmercer@theiet.org


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