Friday, June 17, 2016

News: Corbyn visits EU-funded projects in Rotherham

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Leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn MP visited the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Rotherham this week as the EU referendum debate focused on the importance of partnership to the region and its economy.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) and a partner in the HVM Catapult (the government's strategic initiative that aims to revitalise the manufacturing industry), the AMRC focuses on advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors. It is a partnership between industry and academia, which has become a model for research centres worldwide.

Adrian Allen OBE, commercial director at The AMRC, a Rotherham-born businessman, worked with Professor Keith Ridgway CBE to launch the AMRC with Boeing in 2001.

It has played the key part in the transformation of the former Orgreave Colliery site and has given Rotherham the recognition as being at the heart of world-class advanced manufacturing. For it to become reality, the partners have secured millions in funding from the EU's regeneration and research programmes.

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For example, over £30m of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding was invested at the AMRC between 2007 and 2013.

The AMRC received a £15m in European investment for two new buildings: the Knowledge Transfer Centre and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

£2.4m was awarded to the AMRC to extend the original Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future and £4.8m was secured for the Design Prototyping and Testing Centre. A further £5m from ERDF was used to fund the £20.5m AMRC Training Centre that is developing the next generation of engineers.

Since taking on its first 140 apprentices in autumn 2013, the AMRC Training Centre has grown rapidly into an award-winning centre of excellence with over 400 employed-status apprentices. This could hit 650 during the next academic year.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hailed the centres as "a workshop for the whole world." He added: "The work you do here in developing the manufacturing base of the future is crucial to our economy. We need many more sites like this, backed up with a proper industrial strategy to use their innovations to build an economy of the future that can deliver for all."

Corbyn addressed an audience of apprentices to answer their questions about the implications of next week's EU referendum.

A University spokesperson said: "The EU referendum is an event of national and international significance, which will have wide-ranging implications for our 7,000 staff and 27,000 students - particularly those from continental Europe, who are of extraordinary importance to us. The university employs a significant number of academic and professional staff who are citizens of other EU countries, and we are extremely grateful for their dedicated service to the university and country they have made their home.

"Over the years, the university has also benefitted in funding for world-leading research and for developments such as our Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre which has such a powerful impact on our city region, local companies and skills."

AMRC website

Images: Nuclear AMRC / twitter

1 comments:

Anonymous,  June 17, 2016 at 11:33 AM  

There is no such thing as EU money. We are net contributors to the EU, therefore money spent on the AMP is UK tax payer's money.

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