First Technology and Innovation Centre to Launch in October

13 September 2011

The first technology and innovation centre, which was announced in March, to focus on high value manufacturing is expected to formally launch in October.

The centre has seven partners, with expertise in different areas of high value manufacturing who will work. These partners are the Advanced Forming Research Centre (University of Strathclyde), Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (University of Sheffield), Centre for Process Innovation (Wilton & Sedgefield), Manufacturing Technology Centre (Universities of Birmingham, Loughborough and Nottingham and TWI Limited), National Composites Centre (University of Bristol), Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (University of Sheffield) and the Warwick Manufacturing Group (University of Warwick).

The new centre hopes to provide open access to technologies for SMEs as well as to global companies. The new centre aims to provide an integrated capability and to embrace all forms of manufacture using metals and composites, in addition to process manufacturing technologies and bio]processing.

Over the period up to October 2011, the partners have committed, via a memorandum of understanding, to work to:

• Develop a strategic framework of markets, industries and technologies which will guide the direction of the Centre. This work will be conducted in conjunction with the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

• Establish the company limited by guarantee which will provide the central focus for the consortium

• Put in place the supporting legal agreements

• Start recruitment of key personnel

• Agree a business plan and establish the grant funding mechanism.



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