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PROFESSOR GORDON MURRAY HEADING TO PARLIAMENT FOR AWARDS CEREMONY

Professor Gordon Murray from Gordon Murray Design has fought off competition from across the country to be nominated for a prestigious national innovation award which will see the company heading to Parliament tomorrow, October 25th.

Gordon Murray Design is one of just five companies nominated for the Innovation leading to Productivity Improvements in Innovate UK’s Small Business innovation awards. They also have a chance of winning the best of the best “Inspirational innovation” award.

The awards aim to recognise examples of innovation excellence among the projects funded by Innovate UK. The awards celebrate projects and companies that demonstrate the impact of innovation on business growth and driving the economy, and can inspire others.

Gordon Murray Design is a British visionary design and engineering company with its headquarters in Shalford, Surrey undertaking Automotive and Engineering programmes.

Gordon Murray Design has built a Global reputation as one of the ‘finest automotive design teams in the World’ and was established in 2007 to develop an innovative and disruptive manufacturing technology trademarked iStream®.

Gordon Murray Design’s first milestone was the T.25 – a proof-of-concept for the futuristic vision of urban mobility. When it made its debut in mid 2010, the petrol-powered T.25 instantly redefined traditional weight, footprint, safety, usability and efficiency parameters using Gordon Murray Design’s patented iStream® with it’s innovative use of Formula 1 technology, simplified for cost for the everyday motorist. Together with the all-electric T.27 that followed in mid 2011, the T.25 was central to both the development and validation of GMD’s ground-breaking iStream® production process.

The unique approach and truly creative thinking enables Gordon Murray Design to deliver complete car programmes in a highly efficient and innovative way from concept, design, prototype and development through to production ready product.

Professor Gordon Murray said: “We are delighted that the company has been recognised for iStream®, an innovative and disruptive manufacturing process.We have worked very closely with Innovate UK over the years and they have been incredibly supportive”.

Innovate UK Chief Executive Ruth McKernan said: “Our small business awards showcase the stories behind some of the excellent new innovations that Innovate UK helps to get closer to market every year. They also help Parliamentarians see how vital business-led innovation is to growing the economy and any industrial strategy.I want to congratulate Professor Gordon Murray on being shortlisted for an award and I’m looking forward to meeting him in Parliament and hopefully sending them back with an award.”

The awards will be presented by Universities and Science minister Jo Johnson MP, and Chief Executive of Innovate UK, Dr Ruth McKernan on October 25th in the House of Commons.

Since 2007 Innovate UK has invested around £1.8 billion in innovation, which has been more than matched by the private sector – returning up to £13.1 billion to the economy. Innovate UK has supported innovation in 7,600 organisations, creating around 55,000 new jobs – more than 7 for each company Innovate UK have worked with.


Notes to editors

1.Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. We are business focused and drive disruptive innovation right across the UK economy, funding and connecting pioneering businesses so they can create the products, processes and industries of the future. It is our mission to boost productivity, increase exports and help the UK economy grow head and shoulders above other nations. For further information and to stay updated on our latest news visit www.gov.uk/innovateuk, follow us on Twitter at @innovateuk or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/InnovateUK.

2.Gordon Murray Design Limited is a British company operating from Shalford, Surrey. The Company is recognised as a world leader in automotive design and reverses the current industry trend for sub-contracting by having a complete in-house capability for design, prototyping and development. The Company is compact and focused and undertakes automotive and other engineering programmes in an efficient and innovative way. For more information please visit www.gordonmurraydesign.com.

3.The iStream® assembly process is a complete rethink and redesign of the traditional automotive manufacturing process and could potentially be the biggest revolution in high volume manufacture since the Model T. Development of the process began over 15 years ago and it has already won the prestigious ‘Idea of the Year’ award from Autocar who were given privileged access in order to make their assessment. The simplified assembly process means that the manufacturing plant can be designed to be 20% of the size of a conventional factory. This could reduce capital investment in the assembly plant by approximately 80%. Yet the flexibility of this assembly process means that the same factory could be used to manufacture different variants. The iStream® design process is a complete re-think on high volume materials, as well as the manufacturing process and will lead to a significant reduction in full lifecycle CO2. For more information please visit www.iStream.technology.

For more information, or to request an interview, please contact:
Sarah Smith, Communications Officer at Gordon Murray Design on +44 (0)1483 484700 or via email at sarah.smith@gordonmurraydesign.com.

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