Monday, July 30, 2012

News: NAMTEC to move on to AMP


The National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEC) is joining the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and moving across Rotherham to the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP).

The move is expected to strengthen the already, world-leading support for manufacturing businesses on offer in Rotherham.

Currently based at Swinden House, Moorgate, NAMTEC was established to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the metals and related engineering industries throughout the UK. They lead on delivering research and technology development, knowledge transfer, and training to companies in the engineering and manufacturing industries.

Operating from the AMRC campus, the team will combine NAMTEC's supply chain support programmes with the AMRC's research capabilities and high-level industrial collaborations. This will provide a stronger and broader base to share innovative technologies and increase competitiveness across the UK manufacturing community.

Initial plans include extending its core training and consultancy programmes, developing a new hub for metals and materials research, and expanding the membership offer.

A closer relationship with the AMRC's world-class research facilities and findings will allow it to cascade innovative technologies and ways of working through the supply chain.

The AMRC is a world-class centre for collaborative research. The centre has over 60 industrial members, from global aerospace giants to local SMEs; and employs around 200 researchers and engineers, from apprentices to PhDs.

Professor Keith Ridgway, co-founder of the AMRC, said: "We are delighted to welcome NAMTEC into the AMRC. The nationwide contribution of NAMTEC to developing SMEs, outstanding training and technology transfer is well known and perfectly complements our existing work with manufacturing companies.

"Bringing those strengths into the AMRC matches our ambitions to continue to transform our economy through a true collaboration between world-class research and the manufacturing industry."

Dr Alan McLelland, CEO of NAMTEC, added: "This is a unique opportunity for both organisations which will directly benefit the UK manufacturing supply chain.

"The AMRC is at the forefront of manufacturing developments, driving forward manufacturing technologies which can provide the UK, including the SME supply chain, with significant commercial advantage in a global marketplace.

"NAMTEC, with an unrivalled access to this supply chain, provides a fantastic conduit to flow these developments into our manufacturing companies, encouraging growth and helping lead the UK manufacturing renaissance."

NAMTEC website

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