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Advanced Manufacturing takes centre stage

Cliff Robson, Industrial Capability Director, MAI
Our air sector Industrial Capability Director talks at opening of new Institute for Advanced Manufacturing

A new Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at The University of Nottingham was recently opened by the Minster for Universities and Science, David Willetts.

Cliff Robson, Industrial Capability Director, Military Air & Information was one of the industrial representatives at the launch of the Institute. During the opening Cliff talked to guests about the importance of advanced manufacturing to the future competitiveness of the aerospace industry and the need for businesses and universities to collaborate to build expertise in this area.

The Institute has partners in sectors as diverse as aerospace, automotive, medical, instrumentation, defence, power engineering, textiles and clothing. Major global stakeholders include Airbus, Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. The aim of the Institute is to centralise activity and drive the development of cutting-edge technologies.

Professor Svetan Ratchev, Director of the Institute, said: “We are looking forward to working with our industrial partners to establish a real centre of excellence for advanced manufacturing here in Nottingham. The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing will drive the development of cutting-edge technologies in one of the University’s key research areas, with the aim of radically improving all aspects of advanced manufacturing.”