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Advanced Manufacturing - Building Britains Future

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Issued 28 July 2009

A significant package of measures to help UK manufacturers seize the opportunities provided by emerging technologies was launched today by Business Secretary Lord Mandelson.

Investment totalling £151.5 million has been announced as part of the Government’s targeted strategies for key sectors and markets. It will expand access to information, encourage take up of new technologies and address specific challenges faced by the aerospace sector.

Advanced Manufacturing describes businesses which use a high level of design or scientific skills to produce technologically complex products and processes. Because of the specialised requirements involved, these are usually goods and associated services of high value.

Business Secretary Peter Mandelson said:

 “At the heart of Britain’s knowledge economy is our manufacturing base. High-value, highly skilled and internationally successful businesses that have worked hard to secure a lead in hi-tech global supply chains.

“This practical package of measures will help equip British manufacturers, of all sizes and sectors, to take advantage of the advanced technologies and new market opportunities now shaping our low carbon industrial future.

“It’s about giving them the support they need to create jobs in Britain and export the best of British manufacturing design, technology, skills and innovation around the world”.

These investments in plastic electronics, the nuclear supply chain, aerospace, and silicon design are another important step towards the Government’s vision for our economic future – as set out in New Industry New Jobs.

Key new measures include:

·  A total of £45 million funding to Rolls-Royce, which will see four new advanced manufacturing facilities built in the UK – three in aerospace and one civil nuclear - creating and sustaining around 800 jobs;

·  The provision of £45 million from the low carbon element of the Strategic Investment Fund to support research and technology critical to the development of low carbon aircraft engine technology. This will be led by Rolls-Royce;

·  At least £40 million investment in SAMULET Research and Technology programme – a collaborative aerospace project focussing on productivity and environmental improvements – with £28.5 million from the Technology Strategy Board, £11.5 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and further support under discussion with regional bodies;

·  A £12 million expansion of the Printable Electronics Centre in Sedgefield which focuses on display technology, creating up to 1,500 jobs by 2014;

·  The Technology Strategy Board will invest a further £5 million in collaborative R&D projects as part of its High Value Manufacturing competition, in addition to the £24 million invested earlier this year;

·  A £4 million expansion of the highly successful Manufacturing Advisory Service to help a wider range of businesses improve efficiency and increase orders (in addition to the £4 million expansion announced as part of the Low Carbon Industrial Strategy);

·  Investment of £500,000 to support the development of a Centre of Excellence for Silicon Design in the South West;

The new Rolls-Royce advanced manufacturing plants will produce wide-chord fan blades for the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, disks in advanced alloys for fans and turbines of aero-engines, single crystal blade castings for high temperature aero-engine turbines, and components for civil nuclear.

The Government’s investment in Britain’s advanced manufacturing capabilities is a continuing process. The work described in this document will  build on measures already in place and be followed with further proposals in the coming months.

Notes

1) The Department for Business Innovation and Skills will promote open and competitive markets, proportionate regulation, an enterprise and innovation culture, skilled people, thriving universities, life-long learning and world-class science, technology and research. 

2) A copy of Advanced Manufacturing – Building Britain’s Future and a social media news release with photos and video can be found here:

http://interactive.bis.gov.uk/advancedmanufacturing/ 

3) This work on Advanced Manufacturing builds on the government’s 2008 Manufacturing Strategy and the New Industries, New Jobs strategy of April 2009, in which the government set out its broad framework for supporting the development of new industries and new jobs in Britain. Links to these documents can be found here: 

http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file47660.pdf

http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file51023.pdf

 4) Recent measures that will benefit manufacturers include: 

· The creation of the UK Innovation Investment Fund, announced in June 2009 will address the problems faced by technology-based companies in accessing equity finance.   Based on a cornerstone investment of £150m from the Government, this investment will create a Fund of Funds that will leverage additional funding from the private sector, with the aim of building this into a £1bn fund over 10 years. The UKIIF will invest in underlying technology funds that will invest in companies in sectors such as the life sciences, ICT, low carbon and high value manufacturing. 

· The Low Carbon Industrial Strategy, launched in July, has announced a £4m expansion of the Manufacturing Advisory Service to provide specialist advice to manufacturers on competing for low carbon opportunities, including support for suppliers for the civil nuclear industry. A copy of the strategy can be found here: http://www.hmg.gov.uk/lowcarbon  

· The creation of industrial biotechnology (IB) open access demonstrator facilities at Wilton in the North East of England with £12 million BIS investment.  Additionally, Regional Development Agency One North East has earmarked £1.5 million to secure the day-to-day running of the new site for its first two years and to help strategic partners in the region to access the facilities. These new national facilities will help to identify and deliver new processes, materials and products; and help the translation of novel ideas into new products. It is planned that the new IB open access demonstrator facilities will be fully operational by October-December 2010. 

· A £750 million Strategic Investment Fund for backing business to come out stronger from the downturn was announced in Budget 2009. The fund for “New Industry, New Jobs” fund will be available to BIS over two years, (£400 million 2009/10; £350 million 2010/11) to meet immediate business needs.  

5) For media enquiries only, contact Matt Barker in the BIS press office on 020 7215 5946. 

6) For media enquires relating to Rolls Royce, contact Nicky Louth-Davies in the Rolls-Royce press office on 020 7227 9232.  


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