‘ Technology can help firms create jobs’
Yorkshire firms are being urged to use technology to help them create jobs and attract investment.
Businesses across the Leeds City Region involved in product development now have access to metal additive manufacture ( AM or 3D printing), imaging and microscopy, thanks to the work of the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre.
Now available at the 3M BIC on Firth Street, Huddersfield, the new technologies will enable businesses to adopt additive manufacture and to print protoypes in metals such as titanium and stainless steel. It can also check for inaccuracies in products.
The new pieces of equipment are part of an investment through the Huddersfield Innovation and Incubation Project ( HIIP), a £ 2.9m grant from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership ( LEP) Growth Deal, a £ 1bn package of Government investment to accel- erate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.
Michael Wilson, 3M BIC centre manager and HIIP director, said: “Metal AM is becoming a major addition to a manufacturer’s arsenal and will be of great benefit to businesses across the region, as well as the microscopy and imaging equipment.
“All are great tools for product development, so we’re excited to be able to include them as part of our overall technology offering.
“We can now offer the whole package, from prototyping in plastics and metals, to correcting stress fractures or imperfections in products.
Businesses will be able to ensure their new products are cutting edge and safe before they embark on large scale production.”
3M BIC offers a network membership, which provides companies with access to hi- tech equipment, discounts on meeting and conference rooms, as well as the opportunity to become part of a wider business support network.