Government report highlights how Advanced Manufacturing Research is transforming business
• New report on UK CATAPULT centres focuses on the success of the University of Sheffield's AMRC and Nuclear AMRC
• The report also recommends how this success can be extended to other fields and industries, with increased public funding for a total of 30 centres across the UK by 2030
In 2010 the UK invested £200 million in a network of Catapult Centres designed to close the gap between universities and industry, creating infrastructures which would rapidly translate research into productivity.
The most advanced of these centres across the UK focus on High-Value Manufacturing, with the University of Sheffield home to two of the UK's seven centres - the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the Nuclear AMRC.
A report published today (5 November, 2014) for the Department of Business, Industry and Skills by the entrepreneur Hermann Hauser marks the success of this investment in stimulating business development and economic growth, and calls for greater investment in UK research and development, leading to 30 CATAPULT centres across the UK by 2030.
Examples of success cited in the report include:
• Sheffield-based cutting tool specialists Technicut and tool-holding specialist Nikken Kosakusho worked with the AMRC to prove that a new tooling system could achieve record-breaking rates of metal removal. As a result of this collaborative research, Technicut has won new orders and increased its workforce, with the patented system now in production and use around the world. Nikken is also investing in a new European R&D Centre on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, next to the AMRC.
According to today’s report, these examples: "Highlight the ability to increase the scale, speed and scope of commercialisation, and to anchor jobs and investment in the UK that would be otherwise lost overseas."
The report also highlights the pioneering work of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre on the development of high-quality technical education and skills. Building on the success of the AMRC Training Centre, the CATAPULT centres are “developing a cadre of technologists and engineers with cross-sector design and manufacturing skills focused on the management and delivery of innovation."
A full copy of today's report can be viewed here www.gov.uk/government/publications/catapult-centres-hauser-review-recommendations
In 2013/14, the UK High Value Manufacturing CATAPULTs generated a private sector income of £65 million, with a further £44 million of collaborative research and development.
According to the report, for each £1 of public investment in collaborative research and development, there is a gross value added return of £6.71.
The University of Sheffield
With almost 26,000 of the brightest students from around 120 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.
A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.
Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.
In 2014 it was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education and in the last decade has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.
Sheffield has five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.
Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline and Siemens, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.
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