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Manufacturing Technology Centre
The University of Nottingham, the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University and TWI Ltd, the operating division of The Welding Institute, have welcomed public funding approval by the Government today for the world class Manufacturi Oakley Sunglasses Outlet ng Technology Centre (MTC), based in the Midlands.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has confirmed a combined capital contribution of million from Advantage West Midlands and East Midlands Development Agency (emda) one of the largest public sector inves Oakley Sunglasses Outlet tments in manufacturing for many years.
The MTC is backed by some of the UK’s major global manufacturers and will support UK manufacturing companies, and their supply chains, to bring about major improvements in their manufacturing competitiveness.
Professor Chris Rudd, The University of Nottingham Pro Vice Chancellor for Knowledge Transfer and Business Engagement and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, said: MTC epitomises the kind of statement that the UK needs to make about its commitment to high value manufacturing. It provides a superb platform for our best researchers to put their innovative ideas to the test in a demanding industrial context. Nottingham expertise in fabrication, tooling and fixturing will play a pivotal role in delivering the next generation of manufacturing sites, ensuring the UK remains a global force in this critical industrial sector.
Professor Nigel Weatherill, Head of the University of Birmingham College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, said: MTC is crucial to the economic development of the Midlands and the UK. Manufacturing technology equates to productivity, one of the key elements of competitiveness. The Centre will capitalise on research flowing from universities and deliver production ready solutions for industry. The collaboration focuses on industry needs and will allow scientists to try out novel ideas on production scale equipment.
Dr Bob John, Chief Executive Officer of TWI Ltd, said: Manufacturing Technology Centre is an exciting new way for TWI Ltd to work with universities in support of key UK industrial companies. It will combine academic output with our research and development skills to provide new technologies that are production ready for exploitation. Therefore, I am very pleased that my organisation is a research partner in this new initiative, and I look forward to seeing it make a real difference to manufacturing by the development and transfer of innovative and productive technologies.
Dr Hamid Mughal, Rolls Royce Executive Vice President, Manufacturing Engineering, is a Council Member of The University of Nottingham and sits on the Nottingham University Business School Advisory Board. announcement marks a key milestone for the UK manufacturing sector. High value added manufacturing wil Oakley Sunglasses Outlet l increasingly play an important role in securing the UK future competitiveness and prosperity. The MTC has been designed to enable Rolls Royce, and other industrial partners to develop, evaluate and implement innovative manufacturing technologies to improvements in manufacturing performance, He said.
Simon Burr, Aero Engine Controls Vice President, Engineering Manufacturing, said: are tremendously excited about the future prospects of the MTC. We have seen first hand the huge benefits that a manufacturing technology centre can create by bridging the gap between blue sky university research, machine manufacturers and the industrial users. The MTC partnership bringing together the key strengths of the research partners, real industrial problems and world class equipment and facilities will be an Oakley Sunglasses Outlet enormous asset for industry, delivering transformational change.
The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain’s truly global university it has invested continuously in award winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. Nottingham has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation, School of Pharmacy), and was University of the Year at the 2008 Times Higher Education Awards.