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.
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
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
· 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
· 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.
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:
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:
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
· 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:
· 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
· 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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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-07-29 11:54:12 in Economic Artilces