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Launch event for Innovation Network a huge success


Over 100 delegates from Yorkshire businesses involved in the advanced engineering and materials (AEM) sectors attended the launch event for the new AEM Innovation Network, which was held this week at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.

The hugely successful event, was organised by NAMTEC (the National Metals Technology Centre) as part of Yorkshire Forward’s Innovation Networks which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Keynote speakers were from Jaguar Land Rover, the BRE (Building Research Establishment), the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders), N G Bailey and the Technology Strategy Board.  The presentations focussed on materials for low carbon vehicles, future vehicle technologies and the opportunities to develop advanced materials for the modern built environment.

Alan McLelland, AEM Director at NAMTEC, explains: “This was a very successful launch event and we hope it will become the first of many events we hold on topical subjects that are relevant to this region’s manufacturing businesses.  The seminar showed how businesses can take advantage of the huge opportunities to develop products and services that meet the needs for lower carbon vehicles and buildings.”

Yorkshire Forward has contributed £5million along with £4million ERDF funding to establish four Innovation Networks including the Product Formulation Network which will launch next month and the Health Innovation Network.

Jim Farmery, Assistant Director of Business at Yorkshire Forward commented: “The Innovation Networks are being established to increase the competitiveness of Yorkshire and Humber businesses by helping them to identify and respond to future business challenges and opportunities.  Members of the network will have access to a wider knowledge base, enabling them to introduce innovative products, processes and services into existing and new markets.

“The AEM Innovation Network provides an opportunity for manufacturing businesses to benefit from research and development and to secure funding for this from organisations such as Business Link, the Technology Strategy Board and the European Regional Development Fund.” 

For information on joining the AEM Innovation Network, contact NAMTEC on 01709 724990, or visit the website

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