Region’s nuclear capabilities to be showcased at international exhibition

John Maddison

The expertise of West Cumbria’s nuclear capabilities will be showcased at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris this week.

A delegation of key industry leaders from the region is attending the three-day event, starting on November 28, which brings together prominent stakeholders, innovators, and experts from across the globe to discuss and explore the latest advancements in the nuclear sector.

Led by the Department for Business and Trade, the Northern Powerhouse delegation includes: Industrial Solutions Hub (iSH), PAR Systems (UK), McMenon, James Walker, FIS360, Nuclear Transport Solutions, Barrnon and Oakwood Engineering Solutions.

The contingent represent the region’s commitment to excellence, innovation, and collaborative progress within the nuclear technology sphere.

John Maddison, managing director of the Industrial Solutions Hub, based in Cleator Moor, says the role of iSH is to represent and highlight the capability of the West Cumbrian supply chain, acting as a voice for the businesses and academic institutions unable to attend themselves.

John said: “West Cumbria has long been a hub for nuclear excellence, and our participation in the World Nuclear Exhibition underscores our commitment to advancing the industry globally. This is a chance to showcase West Cumbrian capability to a global market.

“West Cumbria has a diverse and well established skills base geared towards decommissioning. That learning and innovation can be used and harnessed elsewhere with our knowledge and learning shared across the world. The goal is to bring back collaboration opportunities for the SMEs who so ably support our nuclear services.”

PAR Systems (UK) is an advanced engineering company specialising in remote and material handling solutions for the nuclear industry. Managing director, John McGibbon, said: “We look forward to showcasing our specialist expertise in remote/material handling systems, manipulator systems for in-cell operations, maintenance, site support and upgrade of nuclear cranes and decommissioning applications for the nuclear industry.”

McMenon, known globally for its expertise in flow and measurement instrumentation, will also be at the forefront of the exhibition. Anand Puthran, McMenon CEO, said: “As we navigate the currents of growth and diversification, attending the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris marks a pivotal step in our journey.

“We are not just showcasing our prowess in providing flow and temperature measurement instrumentation for nuclear projects, but also highlighting the crucial role we can play in this dynamic industry.

“It’s about more than presence, it is a commitment to fostering collaborations, exploring new horizons, and solidifying McMenon Engineering’s position as a key player in the civil nuclear landscape.”

James Walker, a provider of sealing solutions, will demonstrate the crucial role of reliable engineering in nuclear applications. Mark Brook, James Walker manufacturing director who will be attending WNE as part of the delegation, said: “Although James Walker has been supplying sealing solutions to the nuclear industry for many years, applications are constantly developing. We want to make sure that our materials and expertise are considered in these cases, so I will be using the visit to WNE to carry out research into key application opportunities and to try to identify companies we may be able to partner with in developing solutions to new challenges.”

FIS360, specialising in technology commercialisation and delivery of innovation programmes, aims to contribute its expertise to the global nuclear community. Frank Allison, FIS360 CEO, said: “Our aim is to foster active connections, share insights and explore collaborative partnerships, ultimately contributing to the collective growth of, and innovation within, the nuclear sector.”