£127m boost for Yorkshire’s advanced manufacturing sector

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Yorkshire’s tech sector has been given a boost with Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and the Nuclear AMRC securing £127 million in government funding over the next five years.

The funding will help both organisations to expand their R&D capabilities and endeavour to help more UK manufactures innovate and secure work.

“The new money will enable us to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies across advanced manufacturing, in line with the Industrial Strategy and Juergen Maier’s Made Smarter Review,” said Keith Ridgway, Executive Dean for both centres.

“It shows joined up thinking at the heart of government and a determination to rebalance the economy with advanced manufacturing at its heart, supported by some of the best researchers in the world: here in the Sheffield City Region.”

The AMRC specialises in carrying out world-leading research into advanced machining, manufacturing and materials, which is of practical use to industry.

Since its launch in 2001, it has expanded to include three research facilities at the Advanced Manufacturing Park and Sheffield Business Park and is now establishing new regional facilities in the North West and Wales.

It will receive around £81 million funding over five years.

The Nuclear AMRC was established in 2009 to take the same collaborative model into the demanding nuclear industry.

As well as its research factory on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, it is developing new specialist R&D facilities in Birkenhead and Derby and preparing to play a key role in delivering the recently-announced nuclear sector deal.

It will receive around £46 million funding.

Under the Catapult funding model, each centre will match its core funding with commercial investment from companies which work with the centres to develop innovative technologies and improve their competitiveness, and from externally-funded collaborative R&D projects.

The HVM Catapult includes seven specialised R&D centres across the UK and aims to improve the UK’s performance in translating the strengths of its world leading research base into the goods and processes which equip the UK’s high value manufacturers for success in challenging global markets.

The funding is part of a £780 million investment across the Catapult network of technology and innovation centres.