Flag­ship cen­tre for a new world of­fi­cially opens

Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By RICHARD TRESIDDER news­[email protected]­ting­ham­post.com @Not­ting­ham_­post

A NEW flag­ship re­search fa­cil­ity at the Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham will help fu­ture-proof Bri­tish in­dus­try as global com­pe­ti­tion in­ten­si­fies.

The Ad­vanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing Build­ing (AMB) houses the univer­sity’s In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing and is al­ready a land­mark build­ing in Derby Road, Not­ting­ham. The build­ing was for­mally opened yes­ter­day by Juer­gen Maier, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Siemens UK, the elec­tron­ics gi­ant with which the univer­sity works closely.

Mr Maier said: “This new fa­cil­ity her­alds the start of some­thing truly spe­cial for Not­ting­ham, and will help place the re­gion and in­deed the coun­try at the cut­ting edge of dig­i­tal man­u­fac­tur­ing.

“It’s im­por­tant be­cause our fu­ture lies in driv­ing a new tech­no­log­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion fo­cus­ing on ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, au­to­ma­tion, ro­bot­ics and 3D print­ing as well as many other new ex­cit­ing tech­nolo­gies.”

In­sti­tute di­rec­tor Pro­fes­sor Sve­tan Ratchev said the new build­ing housed one of the largest man­u­fac­tur­ing, en­gi­neer­ing, teach­ing and re­search fa­cil­i­ties in the UK with 400 staff, stu­dents and re­searchers. He said: “Skills chal­lenges re­main a key is­sue for many man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­nesses in the UK, due to fac­tors such as the fast pace of tech­nol­ogy devel­op­ment, an age­ing work­force and a short­age of grad­u­ates with rel­e­vant multi-dis­ci­plinary skills and ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The in­sti­tute will help shape man­u­fac­tur­ing re­search na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, sup­ply­ing the tech­nol­ogy and spe­cial­ist skills to sup­port key in­dus­trial sec­tors and en­cour­age the growth of emerg­ing in­dus­tries.

The univer­sity works with man­u­fac­tur­ers of all sizes to de­liver world-class re­search and trans­fer the knowl­edge cre­ated into high-im­pact in­dus­trial tech­nolo­gies.

Prof Ratchev said the in­sti­tute would be­come a key busi­ness in­cu­ba­tor for new man­u­fac­tur­ing start-ups in the East Mid­lands. Called Dig­i­tal Man­u­fac­tur­ing on a Shoestring, the in­sti­tute is work­ing with the Cam­bridge In­sti­tute for Man­u­fac­tur­ing to help small and medium-sized firms ben­e­fit from low­cost data an­a­lyt­ics and smart tech­nolo­gies.

Mid­lands En­gine chair­man, Sir John Peace, said: “Our in­dus­tries in the Mid­lands are known for be­ing at the fore­front of tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion.

“This new fa­cil­ity will help re­in­force the Mid­lands as a re­gion that is at the cut­ting edge of dig­i­tal man­u­fac­tur­ing and, at the same time, pro­vide our busi­nesses with a work­force that has all of the nec­es­sary skills that will help our busi­nesses thrive.”

D2N2, the lo­cal en­ter­prise part­ner­ship, has in­vested £5 mil­lion in the project through the lo­cal growth fund. The univer­sity said the re­search fa­cil­ity will trans­form UK man­u­fac­tur­ing in the dig­i­tal age.

The 96,000 sq ft AMB, on the Ju­bilee Cam­pus, de­signed by Sh­effield ar­chi­tects Bond Bryan, cost £24 mil­lion.

The fa­cil­ity has ca­pac­ity for 700 stu­dents and houses the Rolls-royce Univer­sity Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre for man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nol­ogy. Many of the world’s lead­ing com­pa­nies such as Air­bus, BAE Sys­tems, BMW, Bent­ley Mo­tors, Jaguar Land Rover, Nes­tle and Pep­sico work with the univer­sity.

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The Ad­vanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing Build­ing in Derby Road, Not­ting­ham

Siemens UK chief ex­ec­u­tive Juer­gen Maier, di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute of Ad­vanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing Pro­fes­sor Sve­tan Ratchev and deputy vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Andy Long in the cen­tre for aero­space study at the In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing

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