Nottingham University unveils Institute for Advanced Manufacturing

U.K.-based composites manufacturer and Institute supporter Atlas Composites sees the university's move as essential, given expected aerospace industry growth.

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On Wednesday, Sept. 19, the Rt, Hon. David Willetts, MP, the U.K. government’s Minister of State for Universities and Science, presided over the opening of the University of Nottingham’s new Institute for Advanced Manufacturing.

The aim of the Institute, which has received £2 million ($3.23 million USD) from the University’s Capital Investment Fund, is to centralize activity and drive the development of cutting-edge technology in one of the University’s key research areas. It encompasses an international team of established academics in their respective fields in the U.K. and at far-flung campuses in Malaysia and China.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has provided £550,000 ($887.143) for the Institute to invest in specialized equipment. In addition, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is providing a further £979,000 (more than $1.58 million) to support business engagement and knowledge transfer activities with local SMEs with the aim of supporting innovation and growth within the region.

A university spokesperson called the Institute a “U.K. flagship for world-class interdisciplinary research in advanced manufacturing with the capability to address the needs of a number of industrial sectors.”

“Nottingham could become home to the great engineers of the future,” Willetts said, speaking after he formally opened the Institute. “As set out in the Government’s industrial strategy, it is vital that business benefits from the very best and latest technologies in order to compete in the global marketplace and be a driving force for growth."

Among the guests for the ceremony was Atlas Composites (Ilkeston, Derbyshire, U.K.) managing director Shaun Moloney. Atlas Composites, manufacturer of composite components for aerospace, satellite communications and unmanned aerial systems (UAS), already has close links with the University. Atlas executives serve on the university’s Advisory Group Board the Aerospace Technology Center.

Driven by growth sectors such as aerospace — expected to expand by about 8 percent per year per through 2020, the composites industry, Atlas maintains that it and others in the industry cannot ignore the importance of collaborative research opportuinities such as that presented by the Institute.

The center aims to develop cutting-edge technology in areas including aerospace, automotive, defense, medical, power engineering, textiles and clothing. Partners include existing Atlas Composites customers, such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce Plc and BAE Systems.

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