Industrial and diplomatic guests from Germany visit the AMRC

ARMCVisitA delegation made up of senior diplomatic and industrial figures from the German State of Baden-Württemberg visited the AMRC today as part of a tour of the UK.

Having spent some time in London and Birmingham, the group, which included the State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing, Katrin Schütz, and Dr Kai Schmidt-Eisenlohr, CEO of the State’s Agency for Economic and Scientific Cooperation, spent time visiting the AMRC and looking around some of the facilities.

They heard presentations from AMRC CEO, Colin Sirett and Professor John Haycock, Director of Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield. Following the presentations, the delegates had a tour of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, seeing some of the advanced processing techniques first hand.

The purpose of the group’s visit to the UK was to get a better idea of the technologies that are being developed by some of the most advanced research centres and manufacturers in the UK, and see how these developments may benefit businesses within the State of Baden-Württemberg.

Of particular interest to the region is understand lightweighting technologies. The State, centred around Stuttgart, is home to the headquarters for Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, so learning how lightweighting could be applied to the automotive industry is particularly pertinent.

At the networking lunch that followed, discussions continued and business cards were exchanged. Hopefully, this will be the start of a strong and positive relationship between the AMRC and the State of Baden-Württemberg.