Aircraft cabin lighting specialist, STG Aerospace, is collaborating with Swansea University in Wales to establish a PhD project focused on the next generation of photoluminescent safety products for the aerospace industry.
The PhD project is part of the KESS (Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships) initiative, which is part-funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence program for West Wales and the Valleys, intended to support the development of key technologies in the region by linking universities and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises).
Dr Sean O’Kell, director of innovation at STG Aerospace, stated: “This takes our current number of post-graduate university programs to four [STG Aerospace is also involved in research projects at Cardiff University in Wales and Delft University of Technology in Holland] and demonstrates yet again just how important research is to our business. For a company of our size, we invest a significant amount of time and energy not only in the development of our existing products, but also in research for what will be the next generation of aircraft cabin lighting systems.”
Dr Chris Phillips of Swansea University added that, “Strengthening the ties between academia and the SME sector is vitally important to the development of new technologies that can be applied in the marketplace.”