Formerly known as ESCO, The ElecTech Council is a group of leading UK companies and industry organisations, supported by several UK government departments, to represent and drive support for the ElecTech industry sector.
The ElecTech Council’s purpose is to find ways to bring the diverse ElecTech community together, promoting to government, industry and the public the significance of ElecTech to the future of the UK economy, to most industrial sectors, and the opportunities offered by electech for our children for generations to come.
The ElecTech sector is comprised of the electronics, electrical and electro-technical hardware industries, alongside the embedded software and systems industries who develop the low level software that makes hardware work. It brings together businesses, academia, organisations and individuals working in electronics, power electronics, opto-electronics, electro-technical and embedded software (the low level software that controls hardware). These are combined to create embedded systems (boxes of electronics and electrical hardware, and the embedded software that controls them).
ElecTech is what is known as a “horizontal” industry sector: representing shared skills and expertise that impacts many “vertical” sectors . Many well-known industry sectors such as automative or aerospace are “vertical” industry sectors, grouped around common products and the components used to make them. One goal of The ElecTech Council is to get government to support horizontal sectors like ElecTech because they deliver better “bang for the buck” across large parts of the UK economy.
ElecTech touches almost every aspect of our lives, and is at the heart of many of the revolutions powering our increasingly connected, mobile society. ElecTech is omnipresent, from mobile phone chips to transformers delivering electrical power to homes and offices, to sensors making everything more connected and responsive, and from powerful electric motors powering everything from cars and ships down to the tiniest medical nanopump. ElecTech is everywhere – and the UK is an undisputed leader in it.