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New tenants at Rotherham's Advanced Manufacturing Park

posted 12 May 2010, 02:49 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 13 May 2010, 06:12 ]
A global testings specialist and a French high tech SME are the latest companies to move into Rotherham’s Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) – the only one of its kind in the UK.

Exova, a company with 30 years’ experience of making the world a better and safer place through its testing and advisory services, has moved into the AMP Technology Centre. The company, with headquarters in Edinburgh, operates from over 110 facilities in 25 countries and employs over 3,500 people.

Also moving into the Technology Centre, TEKS is a privately owned French company involved in process design and the development of new clean technologies. TEKS is a member of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC), also based at the AMP. 

The pair join a growing list of 18 companies based at the AMP Technology Centre, which provides flexible serviced office and workshop accommodation in two purpose designed buildings and the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the most advanced manufacturing companies in the world.

Head of business development at the AMP, Joe Anwyl, said: “Interest in the facilities at the park is at an all-time high, as companies from the region and beyond recognise the benefits of being based at the heart of the UK’s advanced materials and metals industry.”

These latest signings follow hard on the heels of the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s announcement that it will be based at the AMP, alongside the established AMRC Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future, a global centre of excellence for manufacturing technologies for aerospace and other high tech industries.

The Nuclear AMRC building is being designed by Bond Bryan Architects to high BREEAM environmental quality standards, including significant renewable energy capacity. The core of the building will be almost 6,000 sq m of workshop space, with specialised research areas for machining, robotics and assembly; welding, firing and heat treatment; cladding technology; and non-destructive evaluation. 

Workshop equipment will be tailored to meet industry requirements, and will include large mill turn and machining centres customised to requirements of the nuclear supply chain; submerged arc welding facilities; and a range of robots and manipulators. 

The building will also feature accommodation over three stories at the front of the building, including laboratory and technical support space, a VR cave for virtual assembly research and training, plus office space and secure meeting rooms. 

There will be public exhibition space by the entrance, to host a 'Nuclear in the Community' exhibition to promote the industry and employment opportunities, for which the Nuclear AMRC has secured extra grant funding.

Construction is scheduled to complete in late 2011.

The AMP is in Rotherham’s Waverley area, just off the M1’s Junction 33. Its development opportunities range from small office, workshop and lab space, through medium-sized hybrid and light industrial units to larger custom-built design and build options.

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