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Rotherham’s leaders welcome proposed new investment in technology and innovation

posted 26 Oct 2010, 00:28 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 26 Oct 2010, 00:29 ]
Rotherham’s leaders have welcomed the Government’s announcement to increase the investment in technology and innovation over the next four years.

The Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron, announced the plan in a speech to the CBI on Monday 25 October 2010, and cited the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC) as a prime example of the type of technology and innovation centres that the Government wishes to create over the next four years.

The AMRC, which is located on Rotherham’s Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) near Orgreave, was mentioned by Mr Cameron as an illustration of the type of centre which sits between universities and businesses, bringing the two together, and which spread knowledge to business of potential new technologies, making them aware of funding streams and providing access to advanced skills and equipment.

Councillor Gerald Smith, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development Services, said;

“It is good that the Government have recognised the value of the world-class research and development work being undertaken by the AMRC and its commercial partners such as Boeing and Rolls Royce from their facilities here at the AMP in Rotherham. 

 “The AMRC are just one example of the world-leading technology organisations that are based at the AMP, developing cutting edge advanced manufacturing and engineering solutions for companies in a range of precision industries, and already helping local Rotherham companies increase their competitiveness in a global market.

“The AMP has a global reputation for the quality of its advanced manufacturing technology solutions, and with its links to established supply chains, skills and expertise in the Rotherham and wider South Yorkshire area, it would provide an ideal location to base more of the technology and innovation centres announced today.”