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Government Minister sees the AMRC in action

posted 30 Jun 2010, 04:34 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 1 Jul 2010, 00:32 ]
Oliver Letwin MP, minister of state at the Cabinet Office, visited the University of Sheffield AMRC recently to learn about how the centre works with the UK manufacturing industry. 

The visit to the AMRC at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham followed the first meeting of the new coalition government Cabinet outside London. This was held in Bradford earlier in the day, and Mr Letwin’s visit was one of a number that Ministers made to key business sites around the Yorkshire region. 

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

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

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."