Tuesday, September 24, 2013

News: Second chance to share in growth of global nuclear

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The Nuclear AMRC's £76m "Sharing in Growth" programme has opened a second round of funding for manufacturers who want to win work in the global nuclear sector.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, the Nuclear AMRC is a joint initiative between the University of Sheffield, The University of Manchester, and a consortium of industry partners.

The new programme is backed by the government through a £38m grant from the Regional Growth Fund, and by industry leaders including Rolls-Royce.

Participating companies will receive a four-year programme of business development and training, tailored to the specific needs of their business.

The support will be worth around £1m per project and five companies successfully applied in the first phase at the start of the summer, and are now beginning their development projects.

Mike Tynan, chief executive of the Nuclear AMRC, said: "Sharing in Growth is an innovative programme that will prepare the UK supply chain to win contracts in the national and international civil nuclear marketplace. It is a programme that will help create and sustain long-term capability in UK advanced manufacturing, and help build a new era of civil nuclear generating capacity in the UK."

Support provided under the programme includes shopfloor manufacturing improvement, process improvement, leadership development and specific nuclear sector knowledge. Support will continue for four years, ensuring that it delivers sustainable benefits.

The programme is also supporting the Nuclear AMRC's ongoing research, helping UK manufacturers develop the technical capabilities to compete worldwide and bring new technologies and processes into production.

The multi-billion pound global nuclear sector includes 65 reactor units currently under construction around the world and current proposals indicate a total of 317 new reactors coming on line by 2030.

The Nuclear AMRC and Rolls-Royce will be hosting two free teleconferences, at 10am and 4pm today to discuss the programme with interested companies and the round closes on October 20.

Nuclear AMRC website

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