First technology and innovation centre announced

First technology and innovation centre announced

17 Mar 2011

The first of a UK-wide network of elite technology and innovation centres was announced today, with a focus on high value manufacturing.

The announcement came as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Rotherham, which constitutes one element of the new innovation centre. It will provide an integrated capability and embrace all forms of manufacture using metals and composites, in addition to process manufacturing technologies and bio-processing. The high value manufacturing technology and innovation centre will draw on excellent university research to accelerate the commercialisation of new and emerging manufacturing technologies.

The new centre will be one of a network of six to eight technology and innovation centres to be established by the Technology Strategy Board, with a Government investment of more than £200 million over the next 4 years. The centres will enable British businesses to commercialise the results of world-class research in the UK and access major new high tech markets.

The partners in the High Value Manufacturing technology and innovation centre are the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (University of Sheffield), Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Universities of Manchester and Sheffield), Manufacturing Technology Centre (Coventry), Advanced Forming Research Centre (University of Strathclyde), National Composites Centre (University of Bristol), Centre for Process Innovation (Wilton & Sedgefield) and the WMG (University of Warwick).

To see the government's announcement about the high value manufacturing technology and innovation centre please visit the BIS website.

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Last updated on Wednesday 13 April 2011 at 10:23

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