The MP for Stockton North has joined Phusion IM in its call for improvements in UK productivity after a visit to its Billingham premises.
Alex Cunningham was given a tour around the leading data management facility, which houses the world’s largest library of engineering information. The MP was also given the chance to take a virtual reality tour of some of the projects the company is working on.
The Tees-based engineering software and services company recently launched Phusion Content, a platform that shares its information, in a move that could save industry projects a great deal in administrative costs.
Mr Cunningham was given a preview of the engineering equipment library, which has been built up by Phusion over 25 years in industry.
The data collection, which has previously been kept private, holds more than 15 terabytes of data, which if it was printed, is enough information to go around the world twice.
Phusion Content has already been used on some of the world’s largest capital projects including the vast Chevron Gorgon project off the North West Coast of Australia.
Mr Cunningham said: “Visiting Phusion and learning about the work it is doing across the world has been absolutely fascinating.
“It’s amazing that these technologies are being developed right here in Teesside and are being sold globally.
“It is absolutely essential that we see an increase in productivity, and Phusion is doing tremendous work making it easier for businesses to manage information, as well as creating jobs in the region and supporting our local economy.”
Phusion managing director Alex Hayward said: “It was great to host Alex to our site to show the work we are doing to improve processes in our industry.
“In the engineering sector, we find that a great deal of time is spent looking for information, so to share information between businesses is one positive step towards better productivity.
“That’s why it is important to include politicians in the productivity debate in order for the UK to be competitive in a global market.”