News item: FFEI backs World Land Speed Record Mon 30th January 2012
Inspiring future engineers via BLOODHOUND SCC
January 27th, 2012 – FFEI Limited, the innovative imaging technology company has announced they are now official SME sponsors of the BLOODHOUND Super Sonic Car (SSC) project, and has joined the initiative to inspire future generations to follow careers in engineering and science.
BLOODHOUND SSC is Britain’s latest attempt at breaking the World Land Speed record with a car designed to reach in excess of 1,000 mph. The project is led by Richard Noble OBE (project director) and Andy Green (driver) who previously set the current record (763.035 mph) in 1997 with their Thrust Super Sonic Car (SSC). Apart from the excitement surrounding the many ground breaking new technologies that this project will deliver, the driving force behind this engineering adventure is to inspire future generations to pursue an education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by showcasing these subjects in the most exciting ways possible.
As a leading developer and manufacturer of award winning imaging solutions, FFEI’s current team of UK based engineers are continually inventing faster and more efficient solutions for tomorrow’s business requirements. Powering many blue chip brands globally and across multiple industries FFEI technologies can be found in a host of imaging related products including industrial inkjet printing to ultra high resolution pathology tissue scanners. The company recently won a Queen’s Award for Innovation for its laser imaging ‘Computer to Plate’ products that have quickly captured large market shares in the Indian & Chinese printing industries.
Andy Cook, Managing Director of FFEI said ‘The BLOODHOUND project represents the very best of British engineering, and being a UK company ourselves who constantly push the technology boundaries, we have a lot in common with the project. The UK economy desperately needs more home grown talented engineers and scientists so that companies like ours can flourish in the future. The BLOODHOUND project is tremendously exciting and we hope it will help inspire youngsters to enter the sciences and choose engineering as a career. We are all very proud to be involved with the BLOODHOUND Project team’.
A key part of the project is the BLOODHOUND Education Programme that is being made available to all schools and pupils in primary and secondary schools, and to students in further and higher education. Well over 4,900 schools have registered for the project, plus numerous presentations have been given by the BLOODHOUND team to other groups and professional institutions, taking the project into the heart of communities. Taking their own lead in this initiative, FFEI are creating an FFEI Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme for the forthcoming academic year to support youths wishing to enter the exciting field of engineering.
For more information about FFEI go to www.ffei.co.uk or for more information regarding the BLOODHOUND SCC project or to become a sponsor go to www.bloodhoundssc.com