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New Lease of Life for Iconic Metro Tram at BCIMO

New Lease of Life for Iconic Metro Tram at BCIMO

The AnsaldoBreda T-69 Class tram – known by its Midland Metro designation of ‘Tram 16’ – is being given a new lease of life by the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) as part of its innovative Clean Futures Accelerator programme. Over the...

BCIMO Hosts Innovate Local Event

BCIMO Hosts Innovate Local Event

The Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) was delighted to host the half-day Innovate Local - West Midlands event at its unique venue in the Black Country on Tuesday 12th March, bringing together local business owners, innovators, researchers,...

Shadow Rail Minister Visits BCIMO

Shadow Rail Minister Visits BCIMO

Shadow Rail Minister, Stephen Morgan MP, visited the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) on Monday 11th March to see first-hand the progress being made in the delivery of Coventry Very Light Rail. The visit, organised by Midlands Connect,...

Clean Futures Catalyst is Successfully Launched

Clean Futures Catalyst is Successfully Launched

February saw the successful launch of the Clean Futures Catalyst, a major component of the Clean Futures programme, marked by two key events hosted by its project partners.EVENT ONE – ‘Business Loves the Planet’ Networking Event On February 14th, the Black Country...

Andy Street Opens New Rail Academy at BCIMO

Andy Street Opens New Rail Academy at BCIMO

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, visited the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) on Tuesday 20th February to officially open a new region-wide rail training academy developed by the City of Wolverhampton College and National...

Minister of State for Rail and HS2 Visits BCIMO

Minister of State for Rail and HS2 Visits BCIMO

The Minister of State for Rail and HS2, Huw Merriman, visited the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) on Thursday 15th February to get a taste of what the future of light rail transport looks like. Huw Merriman was joined by Dudley North MP...

Revolutionising Railway Asset Monitoring at BCIMO

Revolutionising Railway Asset Monitoring at BCIMO

Senceive, leading provider of wireless condition monitoring technology for infrastructure protection and asset management, has partnered with the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) at its centre in Dudley. Since 2005, Senceive has been...

Engineering Space for Hire at BCIMO

Engineering Space for Hire at BCIMO

BCIMO is delighted to announce that 1200m2 of rail engineering capacity has become available in its Engineering Hall at the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC) in Dudley in the West Midlands. New or existing customers are encouraged to take quick...

BCIMO Launches Clean Futures Catalyst Networking Group

BCIMO Launches Clean Futures Catalyst Networking Group

The Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) is excited to announce that its New Year, New Venue, New Opportunities mission continues apace, with the launch of a new business networking group at its venue in the heart of the Black Country. As a core...

New Year, New Venue, New Opportunities in 2024!

New Year, New Venue, New Opportunities in 2024!

New Year offers from BCIMO: to coincide with the start of the new year, the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) is launching TWO discount schemes for organisations to benefit from when booking its Meeting & Event Spaces in 2024. From the...

Rail Forum Hosts Inaugural Light Rail Event at BCIMO

Rail Forum Hosts Inaugural Light Rail Event at BCIMO

Rail Forum was delighted to host its first-ever Light Rail Event on November 23rd at BCIMO’s Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC) in Dudley. The half-day event brought together industry experts, stakeholders, and members to explore the latest...

Clean Futures Accelerator Insight Day held at BCIMO

Clean Futures Accelerator Insight Day held at BCIMO

The Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) was delighted to host the Clean Futures Accelerator’s first cohort Insight Day in its brand new Meeting and Event Spaces on Monday 13th November. The event was held to introduce the first cohort of...

Clean Futures Accelerator Winning Cohort Announced

Clean Futures Accelerator Winning Cohort Announced

Companies delivering greener transport technologies will take part in trials and receive funding and business support as part of the Clean Futures accelerator programme. Twenty firms at the leading edge of efforts to reduce the transport sector’s reliance on fossil...

BCIMO Hosts Inaugural Venturefest Mobile Hub

BCIMO Hosts Inaugural Venturefest Mobile Hub

The Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) was delighted to host the very first Venturefest Mobile Hub at its unique, world-class centre for rail innovation – the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC) - on Wednesday 15 November. The...

BCIMO Launches State-Of-The-Art Event Facilities

BCIMO Launches State-Of-The-Art Event Facilities

The Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC), operated by the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO), has launched its brand-new Meeting and Events Spaces to complement its other unique facilities and services. From November 2023, the...

BCIMO Hosts Demonstration of CVLR Vehicle on Novel Track

BCIMO Hosts Demonstration of CVLR Vehicle on Novel Track

The Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) has hosted a successful demonstration of the pioneering Coventry Very Light Rail (CVLR) technology at its unique Rail Development and Test Site in Dudley in the West Midlands. The CVLR project has...

BCIMO Event Bridges Gap Between Network Rail & UKRRIN

BCIMO Event Bridges Gap Between Network Rail & UKRRIN

The first ever large-scale event to take place at the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO)’s brand new state-of-the-art facility in the West Midlands has strengthened the bonds between major rail organisations and academic institutions,...

College’s Second Rail Training Centre Gets on Track

College’s Second Rail Training Centre Gets on Track

Courses offered by City of Wolverhampton College to give people the skills needed to build a career in the rail and infrastructure sectors are set to be expanded with the opening of an additional training site in Dudley. The college and its infrastructure training...

BCIMO Hosts Clean Futures Accelerator Workshops

BCIMO Hosts Clean Futures Accelerator Workshops

Applicants for the Clean Futures Accelerator, a West Midlands-based transport transformation programme, have attended two days of Challenge Support Workshops at the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC) in Dudley to gain insights and understanding of the...

Nicola Richards MP Explores Innovations at BCIMO

Nicola Richards MP Explores Innovations at BCIMO

Nicola Richards, Member of Parliament for West Bromwich East, recently embarked on a visit to the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) located in Dudley, as part of the Railway Industry Association's (RIA) Rail Fellowship Programme, which links...

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