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US delegation visits AMID

posted 28 Feb 2018, 04:58 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 28 Feb 2018, 04:59 ]
The world-leading reputation of the Sheffield City Region for advanced manufacturing brought a high-level delegation from the US Congress to the region to see for itself last week.

Ron Kind, US Representative for Wisconsin’s 3rd congressional district, is an expert on small businesses, while Derek Kilmer, US Representative for Washington’s 6th congressional district, has worked in economic development for over a decade. Both were keen to see the work of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and to learn how it became so successful.

America continues to be an important export market for the City Region, and most recent figures show that in 2015 the region exported manufactured goods worth £450million there. The US has also has been the largest investor in projects in the SCR between 2006-16, accounting for roughly 25% of the investment coming to the region.

US investors include Amazon’s third fulfilment centre in Doncaster; the expansion at Premdor UK Holdings’s factory in Barnsley by Masonite International; Euramax International’s expansion at its Barnsley site; and increased steel wire production at the Leggett and Platt plant in Grimethorpe, Barnsley. 

The Congressmen were accompanied by Mr Kilmer’s Chief of Staff, and Mr Kind’s Legislative Director. Also on the visit, arranged by the Department for International Trade, were Grant Kerr, Senior Congressional Advisor at the British Embassy in Washington, and Meghan Ormerod, the Senior Trade Policy Advisor at the Embassy.

The visit was accompanied by Mark Robson, DIT Regional Director Yorkshire; Cllr Denise Lelliott, Cabinet Member and Paul Woodcock, Assistant Director for Planning, Regeneration and Transport for Rotherham Council; and David Campbell-Molloy, Senior Programme Manager, and Tony Corby, Senior Business Development Manager, from Sheffield City Region

The group saw the advanced manufacturing technologies on display and talked to senior people at the Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future.

Mr Kilmer said: “I have been very intrigued by what I’ve seen. The way in which University experts have collaborated with businesses is impressive. I will be taking a lot of lessons learned back to my community.”

Mr Kind added: “This has been an outstanding visit. It has given me many useful ideas. I too am bowled over by the co-operation between business and the University that I’ve seen, and the partnership with your local councils and Sheffield City Region.”