Friday, September 4, 2009

News: Denmark to follow Rotherham's lead


A world-leading centre at the forefront of advanced manufacturing and the rapidly evolving aerospace sector based in Rotherham could be replicated in Denmark.

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Rotherham, a partnership between The University of Sheffield and Boeing has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with several leading Danish firms and institutions in Herning to explore the development of a branch in Denmark.

The Danish Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (DAMRC) would mirror the UK's centre and create a Danish centre of excellence for the development of advanced manufacturing methods needed in key growth industries such as energy and aerospace.

Keith Ridgway, AMRC co-founder and director of research said: "The vision for the DAMRC builds on the success of our venture in the United Kingdom.

"Working collaboratively with organisations that have global reach and world-leading research allows companies to compete more effectively on a global market, while applying the latest sustainable manufacturing processes. These collaborations increasingly are being recognised as the way forward for advanced manufacturing."

Tom Bell, vice president of business development for Boeing Military Aircraft added: "The success of the AMRC with Boeing has far exceeded its promise. I look forward to seeing the opportunities that an AMRC would bring to Denmark."

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, the ARMC is a £60 million collaboration among more than 40 partner organisations, comprising world leaders in the aerospace supply chain, key government offices and international academic institutions. The centre's staff has increased tenfold to more than 100 employees, and the AMRC model has been replicated in Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany and India.

AMRC website

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