Motorsport to Defence
|Motorsport to Defence Programme Partners|
The MIA’s Motorsport to Defence (M2D) Initiative was created in 2007 to help motorsport companies engage with the defence industry and maximise the business opportunities which existed between them.
Since then, the MIA has successfully worked with defence companies and trade shows to find ways of introducing its members and the motorsport industry at large to this sector. It has organised in-house showcases of capability, where members have taken a small area, with a table, to display their products and services to defence engineers and key decision makers. These have taken place at Lockheed Martin, Thales, Selex-ES, General Dynamics, Abbey Wood, BAE Systems, Bovington and MIRA.The MIA also regularly co-ordinates member visits to leading defence shows, including the DVD Show, and the DSEI Show.
Interaction between the two industries has been mutually beneficial, enabling the defence sector to utilise a separate set of expertise to find fast solutions to its engineering problems, whilst also granting Motorsport Valley® seasonally-variable revenue streams. The MIA’s M2D Initiative has seen motorsport-derived radiators, charge coolers, gearboxes, brakes, suspension components and seals provide real benefit to defence vehicles in the field.
In February 2014, the MIA appointed Nick Wills OBE as Defence Development Director. Awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to the army, Nick spent the last 10 years of his 30-year army career focusing on the process and delivery of research and development, including trialling and acquiring land-based equipment and vehicles. Following his appointment, Nick has successfully developed the M2D programme and, since June 2014, the MIA has hosted fivein-house showcases of capability at General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin UK, BAE Systems. Selex-ES and Thales. In addition the MIA hosted a Motorsport Pavilion at DSEI 2015 and DVD 2016.
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Defence Development Director - Nick Wills on +44 (0) 7881 950505
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Helen Jones on +44 (0)2476 692600
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