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Successful MBTC Launch

04 Feb 2019

The official launch of the new Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC), based at Oceansgate in Plymouth, was held end of January, attracting more than 100 representatives from key marine organisations from across the region.

The launch revealed more information about the centre’s offering, including the development of the Plymouth Smart Sound ‘proving area’, where organisations can ensure new technology works for a specific purpose.

MBTC Director Rob Watson gave an overview of the services to be offered, which have been developed following consultation with marine businesses. The emphasis will be on cutting edge technologies including marine autonomy, alternative propulsion, advanced manufacturing, environmental monitoring and modelling, cyber security and the internet of things.

“The centre offers up some spectacularly exciting opportunities, particularly with Plymouth Smart Sound which will provide access to an amazing array of natural environments. This unique new facility is going to give businesses in the region a huge advantage and put Plymouth on the map, not only nationally but internationally too.

Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council

The MBTC is a partnership led by Plymouth City Council with the University of Plymouth, the University of Exeter, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the Marine Biological Association.

The centre has received funding enabling it to run for the next three years, with £2.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund and contributions from all the partners, bringing the total investment to £4.5 million.

The MBTC’s headquarters are located in Phase 1 of Oceansgate in Devonport, putting it at the heart of Plymouth’s marine business community.

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