Wednesday, January 27, 2010

News: Innovation Network launches in Rotherham


Over 100 delegates from Yorkshire businesses involved in the advanced engineering and materials (AEM) sectors attended the launch event for the new AEM Innovation Network, which was held recently at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.

The hugely successful event, was organised by NAMTEC (the National Metals Technology Centre) as part of Yorkshire Forward's Innovation Networks which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The focus of the event was on two key sectors: low carbon vehicles and the modern built environment. Speakers included Mark White from Jaguar Land Rover and Will Barton from the Technology Strategy Board.

Alan McLelland, AEM Director at NAMTEC, said: "This was a very successful launch event and we hope it will become the first of many events we hold on topical subjects that are relevant to this region's manufacturing businesses. The seminar showed how businesses can take advantage of the huge opportunities to develop products and services that meet the needs for lower carbon vehicles and buildings."

The Innovation Network will help companies to identify and respond to future business challenges and opportunities via a range of "future proofing" activities.

The network is aimed at companies and agencies involved in research and development and will cover the applications of metals, polymers, glasses and ceramics within a number of sectors, together with their supply chains.

Jim Farmery, Assistant Director of Business at Yorkshire Forward added: "The AEM Innovation Network provides an opportunity for manufacturing businesses to benefit from research and development and to secure funding for this from organisations such as Business Link, the Technology Strategy Board and the European Regional Development Fund."

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