Wednesday, June 19, 2013

News: Manufacturers begin sharing in growth


The Nuclear AMRC's £76m "Sharing in Growth" programme is now open, offering further support to the UK manufacturing supply chain for the civil nuclear industry, and helping UK companies compete in nuclear new build programmes at home and overseas.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, the Nuclear AMRC is a joint initiative between the University of Sheffield, The University of Manchester, and a consortium of industry partners.

The new programme is backed by the government through a £38m grant from the Regional Growth Fund, and by industry leaders including Rolls-Royce.

Participating companies will receive a four-year programme of business development and training, tailored to the specific needs of their business.

The support will be worth around £1m per project.

Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, programme director at the Nuclear AMRC, said: "The nuclear sector provides huge opportunities for UK manufacturing companies, and the Nuclear AMRC is dedicated to helping them become suppliers of choice to the global nuclear industry.

"Sharing in Growth is a flagship programme which allows us and our industrial partners to work with the most promising suppliers, and prepare them to compete and succeed at home and worldwide. I would encourage any manufacturer who is serious about the sector to apply."

Business and energy minister Michael Fallon, added: "Our nuclear industrial strategy set out how, working with industry, we would capitalise on the significant growth opportunities for the sector. This RGF-funded programme is a good example of how we can work together to sharpen our competitive advantages and grasp this unique opportunity to create jobs. It builds on earlier support provided by Government for the Nuclear AMRC – a centre of manufacturing excellence.

"Our decommissioning, operation and maintenance and new build programmes can provide the platform from which to showcase the industry's qualities and capabilities to the rest of the world. 65 reactor units are currently under construction around the world, and current proposals indicate a total of 317 new reactors coming on line by 2030. The global decommissioning market is estimated to be worth £250 billion over the same period."

Support provided under the civil nuclear Sharing in Growth programme will include shopfloor manufacturing improvement, process improvement, leadership development and specific nuclear sector knowledge. Support will continue for four years, ensuring that it delivers sustainable benefits.

Nuclear AMRC website

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