Supacat exhibits at the NIDV Symposium and Exhibition in Rotterdam, 30 November 2017

Supacat, the acclaimed UK designer and manufacturer of special forces vehicles, is exhibiting at the Netherlands Industries for Defence and Security (NIDV) Symposium and Exhibition on Thursday 30 November 2017. Having recently been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade, for Outstanding Short-Term Growth), the NIDV 2017 event forms part of a global marketing effort aimed to capitalise on recent export successes.

Supacat will be exhibiting their Light Reconnaissance Vehicle 400 (LRV 400) at the event. The LRV 400 provides a highly versatile tactical capability for special forces; it can be transported centrally inside a CH-47 Chinook fully equipped and loaded, making it immediately and rapidly deployable.  Also, it has the unique feature of being convertible from 4×4 to 6×6 to provide a flexible alternative configuration that increases payload, capacity and range to meet different operational requirements. Supacat intends to offer the LRV into a number of vehicle procurement programmes in the region and the NIDV 2017 show is seen as an ideal platform to showcase the capabilities on offer. Supacat has teamed with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Nederland B.V. to offer the LRV 400 into upcoming procurement programmes in the Netherlands. If an order is received, then RMMV will assemble Supacat vehicles in-country.

With over 1000 specialist, battle-proven vehicles in service across the globe, Supacat designed the LRV400 to fill the gap in the market for an agile off-road vehicle sized between its HMT 400 Series (GVW 7600kg) and quad bikes.  It carries a crew of 3 or 4 supported by an operational payload of 1700kg with a GVW under 5000kg.  It can achieve high speeds on or off road and can operate up to 800km from the point of insertion, offering special forces a true long-range capability.

Phil Applegarth, Head of Supacat said “we have been very successful in winning a number of major export orders for our special forces vehicles in recent years and we would like to capitalise on that success by offering our products more widely”. He added “there are a number of European procurement programmes emerging for vehicles in our capability space and we feel sure our battle-proven products will be highly attractive to the users. Supacat vehicles have already been sought out and purchased by some of the world’s finest units and we would like to add more nation’s armed forces to that list”.

Blackhill Engineering wins two EDF Energy HPC Excellence Awards

The successful delivery of a 650 tonne steel fabrication contract for the jetty at Hinkley Point C (HPC) has earned Blackhill Engineering, part of SC Group, two EDF Energy HPC Excellence Awards for the Supply Chain in 2017. It has been named Best Local/Regional Business and Best Manufacturing Equipment Supplier.

A heavy engineering specialist, Blackhill built the steel pile caps and bridge beams for the construction of the temporary jetty, which will extend 500m into the Bristol Channel at Bridgwater Bay and will allow sea transportation of construction materials to the Hinkley Point C site. To deliver the contract Blackhill was also able to draw on Engineering Design and Project Management Support from sister SC Group business, SC Innovation.

The awards were presented by Stuart Crooks, Managing Director, Hinkley Point C, EDF Energy at a ceremony on 17 November at Bridgwater’s McMillan Theatre. Reflecting the team effort, the two awards were accepted by Dan Baker, Business Development Manager, Mike Simcox, Works Manager from Blackhill Engineering, and SC Innovation’s Sector Lead on Special Projects, Stuart Ship, together with SC Group Chief Executive, Nick Ames.

Nick Ames, Chief Executive of SC Group said: “We are thrilled that Blackhill’s performance has been recognised by our customer with these awards and we are very proud to be part of the team of south west firms helping to deliver this vital UK infrastructure project”.


Image: (from left to right) Dan Baker, Stuart Ship, Mike Simcox, Nick Ames.


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