Late last month, following the Munich High End, Wilson Benesch’s partners in China, Forthwise Ltd. and Stella Inc. of Japan, joined forces and took the short flight to England via the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking before arriving in Sheffield. In a 3-day tour, the group, which included Robert Wan of Forthwise and CEO of Stella Inc. Nishikawa San, took in some of the most impressive design, engineering and manufacturing centres in Britain, combining F1 racing technologies at McLaren, with Boeing aerospace technologies at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and finally advanced carbon fibre composite audio technologies at Wilson Benesch.
Wilson Benesch is a small volume high value, manufacturer. The significant intellectual property and design and expertise within the company has been fostered over 26 years of collaboration. Today the company is at the very forefront of applications in advanced materials science in audio design and manufacture. The company has never failed to acknowledge the significant contribution that countless partners have made to the advance of innovative, high risk research and development projects that have been used to develop pioneering audio designs. This collaboration has been made possible not only by grant funding secured from Her Majesty’s government, but also through partnerships with local centres of excellence such as the Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield University.
Bringing partners to Sheffield to visit the Wilson Benesch Headquarters is an essential exercise. Partners not only have the chance to hear new products which are still in development, but also see and in some cases handle parts that are in development for these new products. To this end, Wilson Benesch showed some of the additive manufacturing that has been in development for several years. Pushing the envelope of performance and innovation is a long process, but sharing the vision of the future with partners is always an exciting experience for everyone involved.
Wilson Benesch would like to thank Nishikawa San and the team from Stella Inc. and Robert Wan of Forthwise for taking the time to join us in Sheffield.
The slideshow, which can be viewed in an expanding lightbox by selecting the image below, includes a series of images from each of the venues that formed a part of the tour, with some accompanying text.