Wednesday, October 26, 2011

News: AMRC in Parliament


Marking the tenth anniversary of The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, representatives have been at Downing Street making the case for high value manufacturing.

It ties into the launch of "Make it in Great Britain" a new government campaign aimed at transforming outdated opinions of UK manufacturing. The AMRC has already answered the call for UK manufacturing champions to show the best of British industry throughout 2012.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "Despite popular belief, Britain still does make things and has outstanding manufacturing companies, large and small. Our world-beating companies have an excellent reputation for innovation.

"I want our young people and those who hold outdated views of British manufacturing to see that reality. That's why we're launching the Make it in Great Britain campaign.

"To help us do that I want our most passionate manufacturers, whether that's "captains of industry" or those just starting out in their careers, to be our industry champions. With their help, we can modernise people' views of manufacturing and dispel the myth that "we don't make anything in the UK anymore.""

The AMRC, based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, already enjoys a fantastic global reputation. It is a £100m collaboration among more than 40 partner organisations, comprising world leaders in the aerospace supply chain, key government offices and international academic institutions. It specialises in identifying, researching and solving advanced manufacturing problems with research carried out on new and exotic materials such as titanium, inconel and composites.

An early day motion was signed by the Business Select Committee to welcome the AMRC initiative to promote the development and expansion of high value manufacturing in the UK and to congratulate the centre on its tenth anniversary.

A Downing Street reception also took place with high profile representatives from AMRC partners such as Boeing and Rolls-Royce. Lectures on advanced manufacturing were given and a Rolls-Royce Trent engine and The AMRC's manufacturing transporter (MANTRA) were also at Parliament. The specially equipped 14 metre long lorry is usually used to give aspiring young engineers a hands on experience with real, leading-edge manufacturing technologies being developed at the AMRC.

Paul Blomfield MP, who constituency includes Sheffield University, said: "Sheffield University's initiative in establishing the AMRC has been a major contribution to the development of manufacturing and it's right to celebrate their work.

"Their work is the future of UK manufacturing and it should be at the centre of the UK's future economy. The events in Parliament showed off the AMRC to all of the key decision makers in the country. What an advertisement for Sheffield and South Yorkshire!"

AMRC website

Images: Paul Blomfield MP / Cabinet Office


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