Finalist for Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership of the KTP Best of the Best Awards 2020.

A ground-breaking collaboration, between experts from Supacat Ltd and the University of Exeter, to spearhead a green revolution in defence and off-highway transport has been short-listed for a prestigious national award.

The innovative project, between Supacat and the University of Exeter, has been chosen as a finalist for Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership of the KTP Best of the Best Awards 2020.

The final judging for the influential awards, hosted by the Knowledge Transfer Network, will take place at a special ceremony on September 9th.

The project,  directed by Professor Chris Smith and Steve Austen, saw Engineering experts pioneer a new, electric-drive version of the ATMP vehicle – which successfully used by regular and special operations forces in combat zones across the world, as well as in a range of non-military applications, where world class mobility, durability and payload capacity has earned it much popularity.

Called the H-ATMP, Hybrid-All Terrain Mobility Platform, the new vehicle replaces its traditional diesel engine with six electric motors; one attached to each wheel, and can be configured for full electric or hybrid versions.  Crucially, for applying to a variety of rugged off-highway applications, the hybrid electric drive-train can be tailored and customised, depending on the mission, range, payload and operating environment that each vehicle will be used for.

The innovative, eco-friendly vehicle is now being developed further so it can be ‘optionally manned’.

The step change in technology integration and associated performance benefits is the result of a unique collaboration between the University of Exeter and Supacat, the defence business of Devon-based SC Group, under the Government’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme.

The project has already had a number of significant successes and led to new revenue streams for the company.

As well as placing both the University and SC Group at the forefront of developers internationally for electric hybrid drivetrains for high mobility vehicles, the collaboration has also led to the University of Exeter now working with more than 20 additional businesses across the sector.

It has also meant two new jobs have been created at Supacat for the two young engineers from the University, Matt Harvey and Yash Katare, who have led the development of the electric-driven and optionally manned ATMP, drawing on 20 years’ industry experience of Principal Engineers Simon Turner and Mark Field.  They will work on developing the technology for Supacat’s defence market and to serve the wider marine, rail, energy or emergency services markets for SC Group sister business, SC Innovation.

Professor Smith said: “I’m very proud of the work we did on the H-ATMP, but also very humble to be considered for the Best KTP Award. This kick started what is now a region-wide push for clean mobility in land sea and air, with more than 20 companies working with us on a wide range of new vehicles and vessels. – The KTP provided us with an excellent challenge to innovate a new, cleaner electric powered vehicle, which has kick-started a fast-expanding stream of work with other companies in off-highway, rail, defence, and marine hybridisation and electrification research.  It’s catapulted us into a leading position in innovation for new clean power systems for all kinds of transport.”

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) aim to help organisations improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of the knowledge, technology and skills held within the UK knowledge base.

Sean Fielding, Director of Innovation, Impact and Business at the University of Exeter said: “Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are a brilliant way for ambitious businesses to gain access to the latest high-tech R&D and creative thinking.  Exeter has more KTPs than any university in the South West and we are very proud of the contribution our researchers and students are making to regional organisations.”

The University and SC Global KTP project received financial support from UKRI through Innovate UK.

Customer notification *Covid-19*

As COVID-19 rapidly accelerates throughout the world and many countries have issued new directives in the past days in a response to the status of a pandemic. Many borders have been closed in Europe and in the America’s while China is slowly ramping up again. We would like to re-assure you that SC Innovation is, also within these extraordinary circumstances, actively working on the situation to minimise the impact on our customers.

We consider it our responsibility and main concern to do our up most in order to maximise the health protection of our employees and customers. For this, we want to share with you a series of measures that we have actioned with immediate effect:

  • SC Innovation will remain operational but due to the need to maximise Human Resources, will only be open for business Monday to Thursday.
  • Our Stores Department will remain operational with split teams to ensure colleague safety and productivity.
  • We are promoting homeworking for the foreseeable future for our employees, wherever possible. We will be able to maintain all of our services and operations under this new directive.
  • When homeworking is not possible and an employee needs to be on site, we have taken measures to limit exposures to others.
  • We are limiting all business trips to those strictly necessary for ensuring the continuation of the business.
  • We requested all our collaborators to comply with the WHO regulations.

We will continue to keep you informed of any changes, in line with government advice and we appreciate your understanding and collaboration in these difficult times, which we will overcome as soon as possible.

We wish you all the best and ensure you of our continued collaborative working relationship.

Nick Ames
Chief Executive
SC Group-Global

SC Innovation supports local school initiative encouraging pupils to consider engineering as a career

SC Innovation part of SC Group, a company who is an innovation house, priding itself on its unique engineering capabilities from concept through to production build, and through life support welcomed a group of year 11 students from Blundell’s School, Tiverton

Blundell’s visit forms part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative,, which encourages young people across the UK to engage and achieve in these subject matters and careers within these sectors.

SC Innovation hosted a visit by a group of Blundell’s year 11 students, during which the students were given a tour of the company’s facility at Dunkeswell, Devon, where they were able to see the highly acclaimed ‘Jackal’ HMT 400 patrol vehicle used by British Forces; the Light-Weight Recovery Vehicle designed for the defence sector; and the Lifeboat Launch and Recovery System (L&RS) developed for the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat.  The L&RS project was led by Principal Engineer for SC Innovation Principal Engineer, Engineering Projects, Simon Turner. The students were greeted by Simon, who presented a range of ground-breaking projects SC Innovation has been involved in.

SC Innovation’s Simon Turner said, “With our expertise in a wide range of engineering designs across the defence and non-defence sectors, we are a perfect fit to support the STEM learning initiative.  We were delighted to be able to support Blundell’s school and huge supporters for inspiring young people to develop a career within engineering”.

Blundell’s school, Mr Sal Uddin, Stem Coordinator said, “I have worked hard to raise the profile of the subjects and dispel student misconceptions. Every March for the last 2 years I have been given year 11 for a day and normally, I have had STEM Ambassadors attending and doing hands on activities with the students. This has gone down really well with our students so this year I decided to add a few industrial visits and let the students select. I am very keen to make this an annual event and will happily work with you to tweak the program to give the students a better understanding of the uses of STEM. I know we separately need more engineers in this country!”

SC Innovation is the engineering development and production business division for the group, which solves unusual engineering problems for the commercial and civilian sectors; Civil Nuclear, Off-Shore Engineer, Emergency & Rescue and Oil & Gas, to name just a few.

For more information about our engineering solutions, please contact our press office: Nicky Yeoman, email. [email protected]

Featured Image: Selection of Blundell’s School pupils with the RNLI L&RS

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First photograph:Blundell’s school pupils with the Supacat Light Weight Recovery Vehicle (LWR); second from the right Andy Roberts, SC Group-Global Facilities Manager, and third from the right Simon Turner, SC Innovation Principal Engineer.

Second photograph: Blundell’s school pupils with the Supacat High Mobility Platform (HMT); from the right Simon Turner, SC Innovation Principal Engineer, and Andy Roberts, SC Group-Global Facilities Manager.

Ovivo tasks SC Innovation with testing water filtration components for Hinkley Point ‘C’

SC Innovation, the design and engineering arm of Devon based SC Group, has completed structural tests on key water filtration components for Ovivo UK, which is supplying the cooling water intake screening system for Hinkley Point ‘C’.

The tests, which were conducted in January at SC Innovation’s Dunkeswell facility and witnessed by representatives from Ovivo UK, assessed the structural strength of the proposed mesh panels to be used for the Drum Screen. This is a key part of the cooling water intake screening system, which will be used to cool both the electricity generating steam-cycle and the nuclear reactor services of the new nuclear power plant.

The 1m x 1.5m mesh panels will be fitted to four 27m diameter drums, which complete a full rotation every 35 minutes. Water enters from the side and flows through the panels radially from the inside to the outside, filtering through the mesh. The debris collected in the mesh is then cleaned using jets of water and a hopper.

The tests examined potential deformation by applying pressure cycles to the mesh to determine whether the mesh would withstand service at its maximum design pressure. Three different meshes were successfully tested at various pressure increments to a maximum of 3.5 times the mesh design pressure, without a single failure. Linear Variable Displacement Transducers (LVDT’s) continuously captured displacement measurements at various positions on the mesh whilst also recording pressure and temperature measurements. The data captured was recorded and analysed using state of the art data acquisition software configured for this test by SC Innovation.

SC Innovation won the project from Ovivo UK based on the comprehensive engineering capabilities available across SC Group and its agility, original thinking and rigorous approach to planning, testing and reporting. Joe Wilcox, Head of SC Innovation, commented, “This project fits within one of our core competencies; delivering engineering projects demanding high levels of compliance with strict regulatory and technical standards. We worked closely with Ovivo UK to complete the project successfully, matching our capabilities to their requirements along the way and positioning ourselves to pursue further opportunities in the nuclear sector in new build, existing generation and decommissioning”.

Ovivo UK have been awarded the contract to supply Nuclear New Build (NNB) / Électricité de France S.A. (EDF; Electricity of France) with the water inlet system for the Hinkley Point ‘C’ (HPC) Nuclear Power Station, which will be one of the largest filtration systems in the world when installed.  As part of the Contract Ovivo are required to test the filtration mesh panel system to demonstrate that it can achieve the required performance parameters based on the various load conditions that the equipment will be expected to encounter during its working life.

Ovivo are currently working with the HPC Supply Chain Support Team at the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre in Bridgwater to identify and engage local fabrication companies and test houses. Having undertaken an extensive review of the local test houses Ovivo have engaged SC Innovation, who are based in Dunkeswell, Devon, to undertake the testing programme for the mesh panels.

SC Innovation’s experience coupled with their high standards and professional approach has resulted in the successful testing of the filtration mesh panels, which in turn has allowed Ovivo to complete a significant design milestone”, said Sid Jones, Supply Chain Manager, Ovivo UK.

SC Innovation is F4N (Fit for Nuclear) accredited and the project is its second for Hinkley Point C, following on from providing Engineering Design and Project Management Support to Blackhill Engineering, also part of SC Group, in delivering heavy steel structures for the temporary jetty at the Hinkley Point C site near Bridgwater.

SC Innovation’s engineering capabilities are in mechanical and electrical engineering, structural analysis, structural optimisation, fluid structural simulation and test and validation, including full system prototype build.  The business has an established production capability carrying out low rate, high quality builds. Together with the in-house project management team these capabilities have combined to deliver projects for energy and marine customers, often in partnership with academic and industrial partners.

Hinkley Point C is the first nuclear power plant to be built in the UK for decades and is one of Europe’s biggest construction sites. The project will create 25,000 job opportunities and aims to create 1,000 apprenticeships during construction.


Lord Lieutenant of Devon presents Queen’s Award to Supacat

Export success for world beating special forces vehicles – made in Devon

One of Britain’s few military vehicle designers and manufacturers, Supacat’s special forces vehicles have a reputation for being among the best in the world.  The company’s recent export success has earned it the UK’s most prestigious business award.  A large order from Australia followed by contracts from Norway and New Zealand for its Special Forces HMT Extenda vehicle grew the company’s overseas earnings from £2.5m to over £32m over the last three years.  The vehicle is one of Supacat’s family of military high mobility and protected vehicles, which include the acclaimed `Jackal` and `Coyote` operated by the UK Armed Forces.

“It’s a huge honour to celebrate this award with all our staff, distinguished guests from local government, our customers, supply chain and professional services providers.  The long cycle involved in developing our products means we’re here because of the hard work started 30 years ago by our founder, Nick Jones, and his team; and the dedication of our current staff will no doubt gain similar recognition in the future”, said Nick Ames.

Privately owned, Supacat, part of SC Group, has been trading for over 30 years in the heart of Devon.  Over the last decade has grown its core defence vehicle business and expanded its engineering services into the nuclear, energy and marine sectors.  With offices in the UK and Australia, Supacat and the wider SC Group employ over 200 people and have exported products and services all over the globe.

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SC Group’s Innovative Engineering Skills Showcased in Vehicle Technology Magazine

SC Innovation has recently been featured in SAE-A VTE Magazine as part of an article showcasing SC Group’s innovative engineering skills.

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SAE_A article July 2017

The article features a case study of the REDFIN project, carried out by our sister company Supacat.

Our grateful thanks to the Society of Automotive Engineers – Australia for permission to add this article. For more information on the SAE-A, please click here.


RNLI signs contract with SC Innovation for seven Shannon Launch & Recovery Vehicles

The programme includes two of the original Powered Carriage variants and five of the new Non-Powered Carriage variants and is valued at over £7.5 million. SC Innovation will build the vehicles to meet the RNLI’s schedule requirements at a rate of one to two per year at its facility at Dunkeswell, Devon.  The first is due for delivery in November 2017 and final vehicle completion in 2021.

SC Innovation has already built eight of the twelve SL&RVs delivered to date. The engineering and design services company jointly designed and developed the vehicle with the RNLI Engineering Project Team and was also responsible for the design of the Non-Powered variant, which is currently undergoing prototype trials.

The original variant’s carriage is powered by a four-track-drive system to deliver the exceptional traction needed to negotiate steep gradients and rough shingle. Joe Wilcox, Head of SC Innovation, said, “The new two-track-drive variant has been designed specifically for the RNLI’s less demanding locations to assist the RNLI in delivering optimised capability for the greatest value at lifeboat stations with more benign conditions.”

SC Group wins Made in the South West Award

The judges were impressed by SC Group’s success in winning a £75m plus contract for its military vehicle business, Supacat, from the Australian Government and more recent wins for Norway and New Zealand. SC Group has also developed new business streams, such as its SC Innovation business, in different market sectors including marine and energy.  The privately owned family business employs over 200 people.

SC Group Operations Director, Lizzie Jones, who accepted the award, said, “We are delighted to receive this award which rewards the whole company’s hard work and success producing world beating products”.


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RNLI selects SC Innovation to design new variant of Shannon Lifeboat Launch & Recovery System

The carriage is powered by a Four-Track-Drive system from Bosch Rextroth to deliver the exceptional traction for negotiating steep gradients and rough shingle. The new concept is for a `non-powered carriage` variant and the project is being driven by the opportunity to make considerable savings for lifeboat stations with more benign conditions. Subject to successful trials, the implementation of the new variant will substantially reduce the costs of components, production processes and in-service costs.

SC Innovation will perform the detailed design to modify the carriage to non-powered with the work and drawing package due for completion in January 2017. SC Innovation engineers will support the RNLI who will conduct trials of the new variant as well as Bosch  Rexroth on the software trials. All tractors must be compatible for operation with both powered and non-powered carriages and future builds will be for both variants according to the RNLI’s assessment of the station’s ground conditions.

Under the contract SC Innovation will also upgrade the tractor unit of the first pre-production SL&RS, SC-T01, which it delivered to the RNLI in 2011, to production standard for use in-service as a relief vehicle.

Joe Wilcox, Head of SC Innovation said, “We are proud to be collaborating again with the RNLI on the further development of the SL&RS, which we have been supporting throughout the project since we started designing a pre-prototype 14 years ago. It is an essential piece of equipment that has proved itself in service and has also become a showcase for our engineering capabilities in developing bespoke equipment for hostile environments”.

SC Innovation’s engineering capabilities are in mechanical and electrical engineering, structural analysis, structural optimisation, fluid structural simulation and test and validation, including full system prototype build.  The business has an established production capability carrying out low rate, high quality builds. Together with the in-house project management team these capabilities have combined to deliver projects for energy and marine customers, often in partnership with academic and industrial partners.

SC Innovation is exhibiting at Advanced Engineering UK, 2-3 November at the NEC, Birmingham (Stand K32).


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