Royal opening for Nuclear Research Centre

Published 28th May 2012 at 10:03am

The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) was officially opened today (28 May) by The Duke of York.

His Royal Highness met with representatives from a wide range of manufacturing businesses to find out how the Nuclear AMRC is helping them become more competitive, before officially declaring the state-of-the-art research factory open. His Royal Highness has a continued interest in supporting facilities such as this that are a key part of ensuring that British businesses are at the forefront of science and engineering globally.

Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, programme director of the Nuclear AMRC, said: “We are delighted that The Duke of York has agreed to open the Nuclear AMRC. The new centre has a huge role to play in assisting UK manufacturers to enter the nuclear new build market, both at home and globally. The support we provide will have a huge impact on the number and value of contracts that UK manufacturers can win.”

James Newman, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It has been an honour to welcome Prince Andrew to the Sheffield City Region and for him to see some of the facilities which make the City Region a global hub for modern manufacturing and technology.

His Royal Highness’ official unveiling of the Nuclear AMRC adds another jewel to our crown, making the City Region even more attractive to international engineering and technology businesses. The facility is located within the Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone, which offers an unparalleled package of tax incentives, superfast broadband and simplified planning permissions to modern manufacturing and technology investors.

I was particularly interested to hear The Duke of York’s views on how we will meet the City Region’s future education, training and skills needs. His views are particularly relevant to the LEP as they are aligned with what we are currently asking Government Ministers to support.”

Managed by the University of Sheffield with support from the University of Manchester Dalton Nuclear Institute, the Nuclear AMRC combines academic innovation with industry expertise to help UK manufacturers seize the opportunities of new investment in nuclear power and other innovative energy technologies.

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