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Julie Girling MEP visits CMG Ltd

23 / 10 / 2015

Julie Girling MEP visited Condition Monitoring Group (CMG) Ltd. in Torrington recently, to learn more about the role of South West technology companies in the Aerospace and Energy Sectors, and their involvement in Europe.

Julie was welcomed into the company by Andy Lobato (Managing Director) and Peter Morrish (Technology Manager).  After a short tour, where Julie was introduced to CMG staff, and was able to view the Company’s impressive Machine Health Monitoring technology, they were joined in a round-table discussion by Steve McEvoy (Engineering Director).  Discussions focused on the challenges facing high-tech organisations such as CMG Ltd., which operates in a global market from its headquarters in North Devon.  The Group supplies equipment and services to local Helicopter Manufacturer, AgustaWestland, and also to Energy Providers such as EDF Energy, and in particular Hinkley Point B Power Station.  Discussions were also held about the Group’s endeavours to supply Machine Health Monitoring solutions to the Renewables Energy Market, along with the uncertainty surrounding the planned construction of Hinkley C Power Station.

In a welcome coincidence of timing during the days following the visit, Julie has recently released a statement in relation to the announcement that EDF Energy and its Chinese partner – China General Nuclear Corporation (CGN) – have reached a deal to take forward the new Hinkley Point C nuclear project in Somerset:

Julie Girling, MEP for South West England and Gibraltar, said;

"The importance of Hinkley C for the future of the South West and UK energy mix cannot be underestimated. For our region, this news is a welcome boost to jobs and growth and is essential to the future economic success of the South West.
"There is huge scope for our local businesses to work with the Hinkley developers to secure new revenue streams for this and future projects – EDF Energy has made assurances that 60% of the value of construction will go to UK firms - now is the time for businesses across the South West to step up and deliver some of the fantastic engineering and technology already being developed and built right here on our doorstep.
"All the talk may have been about the Northern Powerhouse but now, the Southern Powerhouse has truly arrived."

As an MEP, Julie is responsible for representing the South West and Gibraltar in European Parliament, particularly focusing on the growth of micro-business and SMEs in the region. Julie is also a member of a number of committees, including Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Agriculture, FEMM and ASEAN Delegation. 

Peter Morrish, Technology Manager for Condition Monitoring Group, commented: 

“It was great to welcome our European Representative to our facilities in Torrington, as she is clearly focused on encouraging business growth in the South West.  It was an opportunity to showcase to Julie the work that we’re doing in development of new technologies to monitor the health of machines, to reduce the likelihood of costly failure”.

Andy Lobato, Managing Director, commented: 

“I was impressed with Julie’s recognition of the importance of the major transformational projects within the South West, and the importance of engaging with the SME’s as part of the supply chain in order to support these initiatives.” 

Following the visit, Julie commented:

“Businesses like CMG Ltd (incorporating Beran) are vital to the long term economic success of the South West. They are at the forefront of advances in specialist technology operating on a worldwide scale from their Devon base. What is essential for the continued growth of their business is employee skills.

We cannot underestimate the importance of ensuring a skilled rural workforce and I support the efforts of Beran to establish a Skills Hub to support their business and development goals. I will work with CMG Ltd to ensure they and other rural business across the South West benefit from European funding opportunities in this area.”

Julie, Andy Lobato and Peter Morrish at CMG Ltd

                               Julie Girling joined by Andy Lobato (left) and Peter Morrish (right)

Julie Girling, Chris Bennett and Peter Morrish at CMG Ltd

                 Chris Bennett shows Julie a newly developed monitoring system for machines