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Advanced Manufacturing Park gives Companies a Competitive Edge

posted 22 Jan 2010, 07:34 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Jan 2010, 07:36 ]
Originally Posted: Wednesday 4th November 2009
A senior figure from Lord Mandelson's department today visited the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in South Yorkshire to see how organisations based there are helping the region's manufacturers take advantage of emerging technologies to make them more globally competitive.

Philip Rutnam, Director General – Business, from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, toured the University of Sheffield's AMRC with Boeing Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future and TWI Technology Centre (Yorkshire) at the Rotherham-based AMP during his visit hosted by Yorkshire Forward.

Both provide world-leading R&D services designed to help companies implement new technologies and secure sustainable business and jobs for the regional economy.

In the five years since it opened, the AMRC has made a significant contribution to the region's manufacturing industry through its collaborative approach to developing cutting-edge technologies for partner companies. There have been over 200 instances of organisations being helped, 200 jobs created or safeguarded, and £45m generated in additional sales.

TWI Technology Centre (Yorkshire), with funding from Yorkshire Forward, is supporting the region's SMEs by making the full range of its membership services available through Technology Transfer programmes. Already a significant number of SMEs have been assisted in a variety of ways. They include the optimisation of factory layout, review of production procedures, and introduction of alternative manufacturing processes.

The senior business development manager of South Yorkshire's Advanced Manufacturing & Metals (AMM) team, Joe Anwyl, said: “The Park is fast becoming the UK's centre for advanced manufacturing research and innovation, both in terms of the technologies being developed at the site and the companies choosing to locate there. The wide range of property options available provides growing companies with the opportunity to move here and benefit from their proximity to industry innovators such as the AMRC and TWI.”

Jim Farmery, Assistant Director of Business at Yorkshire Forward commented on the visit: “This is an opportunity to showcase the world-class technologies being developed at the Advanced Manufacturing Park for not only the companies based on the park, but also manufacturers across the region, ensuring Yorkshire and Humber is competitive and strengthening the regional economy.”