THE Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) has appointed Nick Kirsop-Taylor as the supply chain specialist for the recently launched £20 million GROW:OffshoreWind service.
This has been created to ensure English manufacturers win a significant share of the opportunities presented by the UK's offshore wind market.
Nick's role is to support South West companies looking to enter or win more contracts in the offshore wind industry.
The industry is estimated to be worth more than £100 billion over the next 20 years.
With some 3,000 components needed to build a wind turbine, there are many opportunities for SME manufacturers to supply the offshore wind market, including the manufacture of hydraulic parts, bearings, steel fabrication, cabling, electrical systems and composites.
Nick's experience includes 12 years as a project manager with four years involved in the creation and delivery of key national initiatives to support UK supply chain companies in entering the offshore renewables industry.
Nick said: "I am committed to helping South West companies understand the scale and opportunities presented by the dynamic and fast developing global offshore wind industry.
"The UK has the capacity to become a global player in the manufacturing of components for offshore wind; we have the drive and technical capability.
"My hope is that manufacturers in the region seize the chance to play their part in fulfilling this potential."
Simon Howes, MAS area director for South West England, said: "Following the recent release of the UK Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, GROW:OffshoreWind highlights the extensive European and international export opportunities available to manufacturers.
"Nick's technical knowledge and expertise will ensure that businesses are best placed to capitalise on these prospective areas of growth.
"We are delighted to welcome him to the team."
For details visit www.grow offshorewind.com.