Expert support from Marine-i is helping 3D printing specialist J-Supplied to develop large scale technology to produce bespoke parts for the floating offshore wind industry, such as custom-designed turbine blades. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i aims to help the marine tech sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through harnessing the full potential of research and innovation.
From its base in Cornwall, J-Supplied has established a strong reputation as a provider of 3D printing machines and manufacturer of 3D-printed products. The emergence of floating offshore wind as a major strategic growth area for the marine tech industry in south west England has prompted the company to diversify into this area, as their Managing Director, Martin Jewell, explains:
“The ability to print large scale, low volume products is currently restricted by the commercially available equipment on the market. Typically, these can only manufacture products up to a 3m x 1m footprint. We identified the offshore renewable energy sector as the focus for a major innovation project to address this issue. Our vision is to have ‘warehouse size’ gantries that would enable a 5 axis robotic 3D Printer to produce very large products, such as turbine blades. This would break completely new ground for our industry.”
Marine-i, is providing a comprehensive package of RD&I support which includes market analysis by Marine-i partner, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, highlighting the most important commercial opportunities for the technology in floating offshore wind, and bespoke research by the University of Plymouth Digital Fabrication Laboratory, to develop processes to optimise this new technology.
Professor Lars Johanning of University of Exeter, lead partner for Marine-i, says: “J-Supplied should be applauded for the scale and ambition of their thinking. As well as being a major commercial opportunity for their business, this new process would have huge benefits for the global floating offshore wind industry.”
On 10th February, a special online workshop will be taking place, examining how 3D printing may be used in the production of wind turbine blades. There will be an opportunity to hear from leading experts and to help shape a future transnational innovative project in this field. Delegates can register for this free event by visiting: www.marine-i.co.uk/events
As the first phase of the new Carluddon Technology Park in St Austell, ESAM is a space designed to encourage innovation in manufacturing, engineering, and low carbon environmental goods and services, and support collaboration between organisations operating in those industries.
But, the space is being used for far more than its name suggests. While it’s designed with engineering-focused sectors in mind, it’s an adaptable workspace for any type of business – whether you’re a timepiece repairer or a large-scale branding and merchandise firm.
With 32 high-quality and adaptable business units – including offices, workshops, light industrial units, and hot desking facilities – ESAM’s workspaces can be flexed to your businesses needs.
ESAM’s management designed the building as a space to explore ideas, test products, and bring concepts to life. Its shared areas, breakout spaces, bookable meeting rooms and audio-visual conferencing facilities make it an ideal space for collaboration between teams, while it’s affordable hot desking provides options for ambitious entrepreneurs.
And for businesses looking to develop prototypes and establish small-scale manufacturing productions, ESAM’s industrial units are an ideal fit. The building’s site even has opportunity for businesses to expand their operations and build external units as they grow.
It’s not just the workspaces that makes ESAM such a compelling option for businesses – it also has all the key facilities and services business leaders need to succeed. With on-site car parking and electric vehicle charging for occupiers and visitors, superfast fibre broadband, and secure 24-hour access, the building has everything you’d expect from a modern workspace. And being conveniently located next to the A3/A391, it remains connected to the rest of the region and beyond.
The workspace also hosts dedicated support services set up to help businesses thrive at ESAM. The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub has an on-site office to help occupiers at ESAM find funding opportunities, export to the rest of the U.K and Europe, and strategically grow their businesses.
And like all buildings funded by the European Regional Development Fund, ESAM is listed as excellent under BREEAM standards due to its natural air conditioning, solar power, and low-carbon energy ratings – so your business can ensure minimal environmental impact.
It’s not just a compelling place to work either. ESAM is at the heart of the West Carclaze Garden Village, an exciting new community built on top of a history china clay mining site. It will share the space with an eco-town of 5,000 homes, complete with two solar farms, key facilities like a community centre and a 420-place primary school, and more than 500 acres of green space.
ESAM has been the perfect place for branding and merchandising company Fluid Branding to expand its team. With offices spread across the world in London, Amsterdam, China, and other locations, ESAM offered an ideal opportunity to establish Fluid Branding’s Cornwall office.
The company’s 20% year-on-year growth meant it needed an easily scalable workspace option, with all the facilities it necessary for serving its global customer base. ESAM’s industrial workshops and office units made it a suitable place to host the company’s design, creative, sales, and tech teams all under one roof – and the business support on-site has been critical to Fluid’s continued success.
“We are delighted that we reaffirmed our commitment to Cornwall and the St Austell Area – where it all started for us – by investing in this important move to our new headquarters at ESAM,” says Miles Lovegrove, Managing Director of Fluid Branding . “We gained our B Corporation certification in 2019, so the building’s modern design, energy efficiency and eco credentials reflect our brand values. It’s a fantastic landmark building in an inspirational location which has allowed us to grow, think and to really scale up our plans for 2021”
Explore ESAM for yourself
If you think your business could find success at ESAM, or if you’re just looking to find out more about the workspace, visit the website or get in touch with Choose Cornwall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you’d like to explore more innovative workspaces in Cornwall, speak to our team today – we’d love to help you find your perfect location.
Whether it’s the promise of a comfortable work-life balance, or the draw of the region’s innovative spirit, there are many different reasons why businesses choose Cornwall. And with exciting new workspaces like Prow Park springing up across the county, the list just keeps growing.
Based in the centre of Newquay, Prow Park hosts some of Cornwall’s most forward-thinking companies, spanning every industry from finance and SEO marketing to sustainable product design and creative advertising.
But it’s more than just a workspace. Prow Park’s founders have created a collaborative community and culture for businesses to grow in – with all the facilities they need to perform at their best.
Prow Park has everything you’d expect from a modern workspace rental, with purpose-built conference rooms, superfast broadband, accessible parking and out-of-hours security. But the business park really stands out when you start to explore the additional services and support its team offers.
The concept was brought to life by some of Cornwall’s leading business minds, who are always on-hand to offer startup support, help establish funding connections and give business advice to any entrepreneurs looking for a helping hand. Paired with on-site capacity for marketing, design, promotion and branding, the park provides new businesses with an ideal environment to grow their ideas – and existing businesses with the resources they need to grow further.
Thanks to the park’s diverse variety of workspaces, it’s suitable for a wide range of companies too. Prow Park offers purpose-built warehouses, flexible-term office suites, modern workshops and studios, and flexible hot desks, which means any business – from industrial manufacturers to creative market agencies – can find a home there.
While newly-developed, the park already has more than its fair share of success stories to celebrate – and few stand out more than sustainable fashion company Waterhaul.
Waterhaul’s business and operating model is built around sustainability – turning unwanted, harmful raw materials like used fishing nets into fashionable, high-performance sunglasses. With such a strong focus on his company’s environmental impact, Waterhaul’s CEO and founder Harry Dennis wanted to find a location that was both close to the source of those raw materials, and matched the company’s values.
Prow Park was the ideal choice, located just a few miles from dozens of beaches, and holding a strong identity based on supporting local startups and sustainability-focused projects. The entire business park evolved out of shipping containers, which were recycled and renovated to create a series of office and retail units over the ground and first floor – making it a practical and sustainable workspace solution for Waterhaul.
“Newquay is a great place to find likeminded people who are interested in making a difference and passionate about marine conservation,” explained Harry. “When I viewed Prow Park, the owners introduced me to multiple tenants who might be able to help my business. By the end of our viewing, I was already connected with a new source for my raw materials, and a marketing partner to help grow Waterhaul’s sales and brand awareness online.”
If you think your business could thrive in Prow Park, or if you’re just looking to find out more about the innovative workspace, visit the website or get in touch with the park’s founders to find out more.
And if you’d like to explore more unique workspaces in Cornwall, speak to our team today – we’d love to help you find your perfect location.
Whether you’re looking to locate in Cornwall, or to start exporting beyond its borders, get in touch with our friendly team to talk through your needs.