Available For New Technology Development
pioneering new initiative has been launched to provide assistance
for new technology innovations in the saddlery industry.
Equitech project brings together major industry players including
BETA, WES, leading manufacturers, the Centre for Engineering Excellence
and Advantage West Midlands.
A joint bid for funding was successfully put forward by Walsall
Saddlers and the Centre of Engineering Excellence in Wolverhampton,
to Advantage West Midlands which has provided £98,000 funding
for the provision of expertise for the next two years.
money will be used to provide technical assistance and open gateways
to information for projects using and developing new technology
in the manufacture of saddlery products, including computer aided
design, which will allow saddlers to create detailed images for
new designs and innovations to help move the industry forward into
the 21st century.
Wilson leading the project for the CEE said: "It is hoped that
the funding made available for the Equitech project will really
help in developing new methods for saddlery design and understanding
of how important the fit and structure of equipment is in proving
comfort for the horse.
issues will also be examined with the stress and strain put on tack
being able to be measured thanks to new technology and testing methods.
One of the other projects under consideration include a proposal
to develop CE marking for saddlery which would reinforce the safety
new technology will be able to assist in the ability to reverse
engineer saddle trees or even map out a horses back, on which saddlers
will be able to create new saddle designs and developments,"
added one of the members of the steering group.
is a very exciting initiative and one which should move design and
technology into a new realm. We are keen to hear from companies
in the industry who may already be working on projects or have project
ideas in development that may be able to tap into some of the funding
and expertise we have available", added Phil Wilson
are already a number of projects proposed including saddlery for
disabled riders, harness and metalwork schemes and fully engineered
saddles, all using computer aided design.