ROYAL AP­PROVAL

Duke of Kent tours £6m fa­cil­i­ties for ad­vanced en­gi­neer­ing.

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THE DUKE of Kent gave the royal seal of ap­proval to the Wil­liam Cook group after vis­it­ing the en­gi­neer’s new pre­ci­sion fac­tory in Sh­effield and meet­ing the lat­est in­take of ap­pren­tices.

The Queen’s cousin toured the £6m fac­tory with chair­man Sir An­drew Cook and spoke with the new re­cruits about their train­ing, de­vel­op­ment and fu­ture as the next gen­er­a­tion of in­dus­try tal­ent. The Duke told guests: “It is a great plea­sure to come to a thriv­ing York­shire com­pany and see how well you are do­ing.”

The fa­cil­ity com­bines the lat­est 3D print­ing, in­vest­ment cast­ing and ro­bot­ics tech­nol­ogy to al­low the rapid man­u­fac­ture of com­plex com­po­nents.

Wil­liam Cook says the new fac­tory is open­ing up valu­able new mar­kets for the group.

Ear­lier this year, Wil­liam Cook wel­comed the largest in­take of ap­pren­tices in re­cent his­tory.

They are gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and men­tor­ing un­der the guid­ance of skilled crafts­men and at­tend the Ad­vanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing Re­search Cen­tre Train­ing Cen­tre one day a week.

The com­pany is look­ing for new ap­pren­tices to join its Leeds rail plant, which has re­cently com­pleted a £10m in­vest­ment pro­gramme.

After the tour, the Duke un­veiled a special plaque to com­mem­o­rate the visit, which had been pro­duced us­ing the group’s 3D print­ing and cast­ing process.

Sir An­drew said: “Wil­liam Cook has been in this city since the late 19th cen­tury and our in­vest­ment means we will have an im­por­tant role to play in the city re­gion’s fu­ture as a high­value man­u­fac­turer of com­plex com­po­nents for the en­ergy, de­fence, rail and aero­space sec­tors.

“We were es­pe­cially pleased to be able in­tro­duce the Duke to our ap­pren­tices, who have the po­ten­tial to be­come the lead­ing de­sign­ers, engi­neers and tech­ni­cians of the 21st cen­tury.”

PIC­TURES: BRUCE ROLLINSON

ROYAL VISIT: The Duke of Kent, left, took a tour of the Wil­liam Cook fac­tory in Sh­effield where he heard about the com­pany’s train­ing devel­op­ments.

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