Forgemasters showcase capabilities to Conservative Party Chair

Rt Hon Amanda Milling MP at Sheffield Forgemasters

The co-Chairman of the Conservative Party recently visited Sheffield Forgemasters to see the company’s work into civil nuclear power manufacturer.

Rt Hon Amanda Milling, MP for Cannock Chase, was given a tour of the company’s facilities, showcasing the crucial role of civil nuclear power manufacture within the UK defence industry supply chain and the company’s skills base.

During the visit, Ms Milling was briefed on the company’s leading role in a £10 million project, funded by the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), under its Nuclear Innovation Programme, to industrialise electron beam welding for civil nuclear assemblies.

“As promised at the General Election, we will level up and unleash the whole country’s potential. Sheffield Forgemasters are one such example of how a great Yorkshire-based company is helping to attract the most highly skilled engineers and drive forward the Northern Powerhouse,” she said.

David Bond, CEO at Sheffield Forgemasters, said: “We were delighted that the recently appointed Chair of the Conservative Party took time to visit our operations as part of her wider tour of Northern manufacturing facilities.

“It gave us an opportunity to show some of the major projects that we are involved in on behalf of the UK defence industry, but it also allowed us to showcase some of the technical developments we are leading, which really differentiate this business from its competitors.

“Our core ethos is in finding advanced engineering techniques to improve the manufacturing process for efficiency gains, component integrity and to overcome design constraints. This is what we excel at, and Ms Milling was able to see how we do that, first-hand.”