Wednesday, June 30, 2010

News: Minister visits AMRC in Rotherham


Oliver Letwin MP, minister of state at the Cabinet Office, was in Rotherham this week to visit The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC) to learn about how the centre works with the UK manufacturing industry.

The visit followed a meeting of the Cabinet in Bradford, the first meeting of the new coalition government outside London. Ministers then toured key business sites around the region.

AMRC directors Adrian Allen and John Baragwanath gave Letwin a tour of the Factory of the Future shopfloor, highlighting the centre's work in high performance machining and large-scale automated assembly, and introducing the minister to industrial partners, researchers and apprentices.

Letwin was also taken aboard MANTRA, the AMRC's unique MANufacturing TRAnsporter which travels the country to promote engineering to students, and given an overview of the next stage of development at the centre, including the new Nuclear AMRC and Knowledge Transfer Academy.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, the AMRC is a £100m partnership that has successfully bridged the gap between academia, industry and government.

The AMRC identifies, researches and solves advanced manufacturing problems and has over 80 highly qualified researchers and engineers from around the globe. Research is carried out on new and exotic materials such as titanium, inconel and composites.

AMRC commercial director Adrian Allen said: "Mr Letwin was very interested to see the work we do to solve manufacturing problems and help our industrial partners compete in the global marketplace.

"It was particularly pleasing to see the minister take such interest in the AMRC model of collaborative industry-led research, which is now being sought by governments worldwide."

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