Thursday, March 18, 2010

News: AMP has international appeal


The Director-General of UKTI in Germany, Malcolm Scott, visited Rotherham's Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) to see first hand why the location has a global reputation for engineering, innovation, research and manufacturing excellence, and why it is attracting interest from around the world.

Mr Scott visited the AMP Technology Centre, home to 17 high-tech companies including Fripp Design and Research, a product design, research and business consultancy; HBM UK, a global market leader in test and measurement, and weighing technologies; cleantech company ITI Energy; the UK branch of Belgium's Materialise Group, best known for its activities in the field of rapid industrial and medical prototyping; and Bromley Technologies, an elite winter sports equipment manufacturer behind some of the best bob skeleton athletes in the world, Shelley Rudman, Kristan Bromley and Nicola Minichiello.

He also toured the University of Sheffield AMRC with Boeing, a £100m partnership that builds on the shared scientific excellence, expertise and technological innovation of the world's leading aerospace company and the world-class research within the university's faculty of engineering.

Last year, the Government announced that Rolls-Royce had chosen the AMP as the location for its new £25m Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

Jim Farmery, assistant director of busines at Yorkshire Forward said: "The AMP is an important driver for the regeneration of the engineering sector, in South Yorkshire, the wider Yorkshire region, and throughout the UK.

"Visits by international business intermediaries such as Mr Scott, who is leading a team promoting UK investment opportunities for German companies, help to raise the profile of the world-class manufacturing support available at the AMP, and promote the site to potential investors."

Rotherham is one of only 16 places in the world, and the first in England, to be recognised as a world leader in welcoming inward investment. It holds the Soft Landing Zone accolade, awarded by the USA's National Business Incubation Association, for its support for businesses to arrive, survive and succeed in the town.

Also this month, representatives of the park are taking part in a UKTI trade mission to India to promote the expertise within UK's advanced engineering and metals sector.

In collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and The Welding Institute, UKTI are hosting seminars and providing opportunities for one-to-one meetings in Pune, Chennai and Bangalore.

Advanced Manufacturing Park website

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