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Rolls-Royce to Set Up Research Centre at AMP

posted 22 Jan 2010, 08:18 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 21 Jul 2010, 07:32 ]

Originally Posted: Wednesday 23rd December 2009
 
Rolls-Royce has chosen the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham as the base for one of two groundbreaking research and engineering plants coming to South Yorkshire, set to create several hundred jobs.

They represent the biggest investment in South Yorkshire for decades and are forecast to contribute £1bn a year to the UK economy for many years to come. Through them, Britain will become the world’s leading supplier of components and research for the global nuclear energy industry.

The first will be a £25m Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), just off the Parkway at Waverley. That is primarily funded by £15m from the Government and £10m from regional development agency Yorkshire Forward.

It will sit alongside the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing research Centre with Boeing, which played a leading role in bringing the projects to Yorkshire.

The second will be a civil nuclear manufacturing plant, whose exact location has yet to be announced. That will get £45m of Government support.

They will make important research and engineering contributions to Britain’s nuclear energy programme. The manufacturing plant will produce large pressure vessels – drums 30 metres (98ft) across – for nuclear reactors.

Lord Mandelson, Secretary of State for Business, visited the AMP on Thursday December 3 to announce these and other measures to help Britain create a low-carbon economy.

“We excel in so many things in this country,” he said, praising the South Yorkshire and UK “passion for manufacturing”. The full package comprises:
  • That the new Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) will be based in South Yorkshire alongside the AMRC, led by Sheffield University in partnership with University of Manchester, with Rolls Royce as the lead industrial partner.
  • An additional £8m to upgrade the nuclear laboratories at Manchester University’s Dalton Nuclear Institute to support the NAMRC. This is in addition to the £15m Government has already committed to the NAMRC.
  • Rolls-Royce's planned civil nuclear factory in South Yorkshire.
  • A Nuclear Low Carbon Economic Area (LCEA) in the North West and Yorkshire, led by NWDA in close collaboration with Yorkshire Forward.
  • As part of the Nuclear LCEA the North West will support the Manufacturing Advisory Service’s (MAS) nuclear services as part of the Nuclear LCEA, offering manufacturing companies advice and support to access the nuclear energy market.

The measures will help British businesses potentially provide up to 80 per cent of the work on construction of new nuclear power plants.

Yorkshire Forward chief executive Tom Riordan said: “Yorkshire Forward has worked closely with Rolls-Royce and the Government to secure both investments and this announcement is incredible news for a part of our region hit hard by the recession. It recognises the cutting edge facilities and the top quality of our academic and business skills base.

“The UK's nuclear programme is expected to create over 4,500 engineering jobs over the next 25 years and well over a £1bn a year to the industry. Yorkshire Forward’s investment into both the NAMRC and Rolls-Royce’s new manufacturing facility will firmly put the region at the very heart of the UK’s energy sector. This cements our position as a centre of excellence for manufacturing, to a global marketplace, securing and creating jobs now and in the future.”

The leader of Rotherham Borough Council, Cllr Roger Stone, said: “This is a new era for Rotherham. Rolls-Royce is the best in the world at what it does. It has chosen a location that’s among the best in the world.

“These projects have massive implications for the UK economy. At a local level, as well as new high-quality jobs we believe it will galvanise our young people into strengthening their skills and ambitions to be, like Rolls-Royce, world-class players.”

The new centre will be led by the University of Sheffield in partnership with the University of Manchester with Rolls- Royce as a lead industrial partner.

It will bring together university research and industrial expertise to develop manufacturing techniques and components that will meet the demand for new nuclear power stations. It will also benefit supply chain companies with support in securing accreditation to compete in the civil nuclear sector.

Founder industrial partners also include Areva, Westinghouse, Sheffield Forgemasters and NAMTEC.

Lord Mandelson also announced that Rolls-Royce’s planned civil nuclear facility was destined for South Yorkshire. That will manufacture, assemble and test high quality components that are essential to meet the requirements of the planned new civil nuclear power plants across the UK. This investment will create more than 300 jobs, with hundreds more expected to be made throughout industry supply chains, across the region.

The industry giant acknowledged Yorkshire and Humber’s position as the centre for excellence in advanced manufacturing and chose South Yorkshire, despite strong international competition, as a result of the strong skills base already present in the region.

Lord Mandelson said: “We know that we have to make the transition to a low carbon future, and the Government is determined to ensure that British businesses get the support they need to seize the business opportunities that transition creates.

“The civil nuclear sector is one of the key low carbon industries where the UK has the potential for job creation, economic growth and engineering and manufacturing excellence. Today’s announcement is about investing in our future. A greener, smarter, more skilled, more balanced British economy.”

Rosie Winterton, the Minister for Yorkshire and The Humber, said: "This latest substantial investment in the world class facilities we have at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in South Yorkshire demonstrates our leading role as a base for advanced manufacturing research and production. It also confirms the vital role our universities play in our future economic growth."Yorkshire and The Humber has real potential in advanced engineering and materials and in being a world-leader for research and scientific development - and in the commercial exploitation of new technologies."

Rotherham Aboard Boeing Dreamliner Maiden Flight

posted 22 Jan 2010, 08:16 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Jan 2010, 08:18 ]

Originally Posted: Tuesday 15th December 2009
 
A bit of Rotherham is set to take to the skies over the USA today, Tuesday December 15, in the shape of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, when the new generation of aircraft makes its first flight.

The new jet, the first to be made with a majority of composite materials, is set to take off about 10am (around 3pm UK time) from Everett’s Paine Field. It’s expected to fly for about five hours before landing at Boeing Field in Seattle. There are some 840 Dreamliners on order, with the first scheduled for delivery late next year.

What most people in the UK don’t know about the 787 is that a quarter of the value of the aircraft comes from the UK. And, regionally, many also don’t realise is that a very important part of that value comes from South Yorkshire. When bidding for the landing gear was opened, manufacturer Messier-Dowty came to the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing, at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, to see if it was feasible to make landing gear parts from a new grade of titanium alloy. Previously, landing gear had been made from steel, so as you can imagine, going from steel to titanium is a big step, but going from steel to an unknown grade of titanium (in this case Titanium 5553, a high-strength, low-weight material that can be made very hard) is a giant leap.

Getting this safety-critical part right is especially important because (on good flights) you only use it twice, but you want it to be as strong as possible, and airline companies want it to be not only strong but as light as possible to reduce the amount of fuel consumption and environmental impact. Using a combination of manufacturing techniques, the AMRC satisfied both these needs and substantially reduced the development time for working Ti5553. Critically, this enabled the manufacturing times to be reduced along with the cost and enabled Messier-Dowty to win the order. This is the first time it has been won by a company outside the USA. So, the first time that South Yorkshire holiday makers land while onboard a 787 they should take heart and pride in the fact that one of the most important parts of their flight, the landing gear, was developed on the Rotherham-Sheffield border.

Australians Make a Wise Investment in Rotherham

posted 22 Jan 2010, 08:07 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Jan 2010, 08:16 ]

Originally Posted: Monday 14th December 2009
 
One of Australia’s leading charities has chosen South Yorkshire as its first international base.

Sheffield and Rotherham have welcomed WISE Ability, a new charity that delivers employment services to disadvantaged job seekers in these areas.
Image: Left to Right
Front Row: Kay Sutton (WISE Ability), David Stevens (WISE Ability), Joanna Holland (Creative Sheffield)
Back Row: Tim O’Connell (RIDO), John Bateup (WISE Employment), Marc Adams (Yorkshire Forward)

WISE Ability was founded by Australian charity, WISE Employment, which operates 22 branches across Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and the Northern Territory and specialises in providing quality employment services to local job seekers and employers.

The establishment of WISE Ability in this region has created 40 jobs across South Yorkshire, nine of them already filled. Its main purpose is to serve and enrich the lives of disadvantaged job seekers in the community.
 
Helped by local and regional agencies Creativesheffield, Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RiDO) and Yorkshire Forward, WISE Ability is looking forward to bringing a new employment service to the region.
 
John Bateup, CEO of WISE Employment, said:
 
“We are very excited to be launching our first offices in the UK in Sheffield and Rotherham. It has involved a lot of hard work and preparation, from our own teams here and in Australia.”
“With the support of local organisations such as Creativesheffield and RiDO, we are really looking forward to providing a quality employment service to the local communities in Sheffield and Rotherham.”

WISE Ability is working in partnership with Remploy, one of the UK’s largest providers of specialist employment services, to deliver the Government’s Flexible New Deal employment programme in South Yorkshire. The Flexible New Deal programme is designed to help people who have been receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than 12 months return to work through the provision of training, skills development and specialist support to help people overcome barriers to employment.

RiDO business development manager Tim O’Connell said:
“This is a high-quality company and it’s great news that it has chosen Sheffield and Rotherham, having been impressed by our workforce and support. It’s also further proof that South Yorkshire has what businesses from the UK and overseas are looking for.”

Joanna Holland, Investment Manager at Creativesheffield, added:
“We are thrilled that WISE Ability has chosen Sheffield in which to locate one of its two initial UK branches. This is a positive message for the city, contributing to a fantastic level of office take-up in the last quarter, creating new jobs and of course helping local people find work. Securing such an international inward investment is a credit to the city and the great qualities it offers.”

Co2Sense Yorkshire Announces £800,000 of Resource Efficiency Funding

posted 22 Jan 2010, 08:04 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Jan 2010, 08:07 ]

Originally Posted: Wednesday 9th December 2009
 
CO2Sense Yorkshire has announced it is offering two packages of funding to SMEs in Yorkshire and Humber that are working to cut greenhouse gas emissions through resource efficiency.

CO2Sense Yorkshire is a not-for-profit company funded by Yorkshire Forward and the European Regional Development Fund. The company’s Greenhouse Gas Savings Capital Investment Fund and Innovative Resource Efficiency Projects Fund, will help SMEs in the Yorkshire and Humber region to build businesses that can compete in a low carbon economy.

Companies will be able to bid for funds to deliver waste reduction, reuse, and recycling services, as well as energy and water savings, from the Greenhouse Gas Savings fund. This fund is designed to increase the capacity of the resource efficiency sector in Yorkshire and Humber. Funded projects are expected to hit targets for CO2 emissions reductions, tonnage of waste diverted from landfill, and business growth.

The Innovative Resource Efficiency Projects Fund is designed to support projects that break new ground in resource efficiency. Funds are available for projects which increase the uptake of environmental advice, offer support to businesses to reduce their resource consumption, and offer innovative solutions for priority materials and sectors.

Commenting on the funding announcement, Andy Hartley, operations director ofCO2Sense Yorkshire said:

“Our key aim is to increase the competitiveness, capacity, quality and scale of
companies in the resource efficiency sector in Yorkshire and Humber. These
funding packages will help businesses to grow and prosper, increasing
regional competitiveness, and generating the expertise to transform
Yorkshire and Humber into a low carbon economy.”

Tom Riordan, chief executive at Yorkshire Forward, said:
“Cutting the region’s CO2 emissions is one of Yorkshire Forward’s priorities.
With the Copenhagen Climate Change summit taking place in December, now is
an ideal time for businesses to look at what they can do to play their part
in reducing the region’s carbon footprint.”
Businesses and projects that were successful in the last round of funding received between £5,000 and £75,000 of support. Funding bids can be submitted by individual SMEs or from groups or consortiums, if a project is large or regionally significant. CO2Sense Yorkshire will also help businesses access additional funding from other sources such as national partners or research and development grants for larger bids.
 

Shelly Rudman gets Gold in Italian Job

posted 22 Jan 2010, 08:02 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Jan 2010, 08:04 ]

Originally Posted: Monday 7th December 2009
 
A stunning performance won Olympian Shelley Rudman her first World Cup gold medal of this season in the women's skeleton bobsleigh.

It was a superb return to Italy's Cesana track, near Turin, for one of the top ice-sport athletes backed by the AMP's Bromley Technologies. She took silver there in the 2006 Winter Olympics – the first British woman ever to win a medal in the event – and on Friday (December 4) she not only took World Cup gold but also beat the track record.

Despite battling flu-like symptoms and a slight hip injury, Shelley threw down the gauntlet to her competitors with a strong first run that saw her hold a 0.23 second advantage over second-placed Marion Trott of Germany.

Her competitors came back at her in the second run, but Shelley pulled out a track record run of 58.71 seconds to win by over 0.3 seconds from Trott and third-placed Melissa Hollingsworth (Canada).

The win moves her to the top of the World Cup Standings after three rounds – and there to see her do it were fiancé Kristan Bromley and their daughter, Ella. Shelley is pictured above, centre, with kristan and Nicola Minichiello.

“I am so happy with this result,” said a jubilant Shelley. “To take gold and beat the track record is such a fantastic feeling. I had two really consistent runs but managed to clean up the second to gain the extra speed. A gold here after my Olympic silver at the last games is a real step forward and I still have to keep the focus. Having Ella out here has really helped me to relax and keep focused and my feet on the ground. I will enjoy today then it's back to the program and the next race.”

Shelley uses a sled developed as part of the Formula Ice programme by Bromley Technologies Ltd, based at the AMP Technology Centre.

Kristan, the world's only triple-crown holder in the skeleton bob, had won bronze in the US Lake Placid races just a week or so earlier, and had put in a strong performance at Cesana. But in a horrendous moment for any bobsleigh slider, at the start of his second run his sled jumped out of the groove in the ice and he lost crucial fractions of a second that kept him off the podium.

The next round of the World Cup takes place in Winterberg, Germany, on December 11. Watch out for your local athletes!

Rotherham-Sheffield support has been invaluable in helping Bromley Technologies boost its athletes' performances. AMP backing is from the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC), Dormer Tools, Materialise and Fripp Design. The Sheffield support comes from law firm Nabarro and chartered accountants Barber Harrison & Platt.

Government Outlines Support for UK Civil Nuclear Sector Ahead of Copenhagen

posted 22 Jan 2010, 07:57 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 21 Jul 2010, 07:34 ]

Originally Posted: Thursday 3rd December 2009

As part of the Government’s commitment to new low carbon sustainable growth, the Business Secretary Lord Mandelson provided a boost for the UK’s civil nuclear industry today, outlining a package of announcements in Yorkshire and the North West to provide real help to enable British businesses to seize the opportunities this rapidly expanding sector presents.

Speaking at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Rotherham he announced:

~  That the new Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) will be based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire alongside the AMRC, led by Sheffield University in partnership with University of Manchester, with Rolls Royce as the lead industrial partner.

~  An additional £8m to upgrade the nuclear laboratories at Manchester University’s Dalton Nuclear Institute to support the NAMRC. This is in addition to the £15m Government has already committed to the NAMRC.

~  Rolls-Royce's planned civil nuclear factory in South Yorkshire.

~  A Nuclear Low Carbon Economic Area (LCEA) in the North West and Yorkshire, led by NWDA in close collaboration with Yorkshire Forward

As part of the Nuclear LCEA the North West will support the Manufacturing Advisory Service’s (MAS) nuclear services as part of the Nuclear LCEA, offering manufacturing companies advice and support to access the nuclear energy market.

The NAMRC was a commitment under the Low Carbon Industrial Strategy, and is supported by £15m of government funding from the Strategic Investment Fund It will bring together university research and industrial expertise to develop manufacturing techniques and components that will meet the demand for new nuclear power stations. It will also benefit supply chain companies with support in securing accreditation to compete in the civil nuclear sector. Led by Rolls-Royce, founder industrial partners also include Areva, Westinghouse, Sheffield Forgemasters and NAMTEC.

In another boost for South Yorkshire, Rolls-Royce announced its intention in principle to base its new civil nuclear factory in the region. This factory is part of an investment programme that Rolls-Royce announced on 28 July 2009, which included £45m of investment from the Government.

Lord Mandelson said:

“We know that we have to make the transition to a low carbon future, and the Government is determined to ensure that British businesses get the support they need to seize the business opportunities that transition creates. The civil nuclear sector is one of the key low carbon industries where the UK has the potential for job creation, economic growth and engineering and manufacturing excellence. Today’s announcement is about investing in our future. A greener, smarter, more skilled, more balanced British economy.”

Chancellor, Alistair Darling MP also commented:

“It is essential that the UK economy continues to build upon its strengths in the high tech and knowledge based industries so that as we come out of the recession these industries drive forward sustainable growth within the UK and our ability to compete in global markets.

“The NAMRC is a perfect example of how Government, universities and industry can work together to drive that growth
in the UK economy.”

The creation of a Nuclear Low Carbon Economic Area (LCEA) in the North West and Yorkshire will give a focus to investment, developments and skills support which will benefit companies across the UK. With this kind of investment in capabilities, UK companies have the potential to provide up to 80% of the work on construction of new nuclear power plants, and the LCEA will support the development of UK capability to win this business. As part of this the North West Regional Development Agency will build the capacity and capability for MAS NW to provide specialist support to the nuclear supply chin, offering support to the MAS national network to bring the benefits to the whole of the UK.

Business Minister Lord Drayson said:

“Low Carbon Economic Areas will help us focus investment, skills and infrastructure regionally to boost the UK’s national capacity. This nuclear low carbon economic area will combine the advantages of nuclear infrastructure in the North West and advanced manufacturing in Yorkshire, the advanced manufacturing base in the region and the excellent skills and research bases in Manchester and Sheffield universities. By drawing together our activity regionally we can accelerate our capability nationally.”

Energy Minister Lord Hunt outlined the significance of the government’s support for the UK civil nuclear sector in his speech today to the Nuclear Industries Association:

“A global climate deal in Copenhagen needs all countries to make the most ambitious commitments possible, but it will also require us to change how we generate our energy. Nuclear is a low carbon and secure source of energy and must be part of our future energy mix if we're to meet our climate change goals. We've already had commitment from industry to build 16GW of new nuclear in the UK. This manufacturing package will ensure we utilise the skills that we have in this country to make sure those power stations get built.”

Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Forward said:

“Yorkshire Forward has worked closely with Rolls Royce and the Government to secure both investments and this announcement is incredible news for a part of our region hit hard by the recession. It recognises the cutting edge facilities and the top quality of our academic and business skills base. The UK's nuclear programme is expected to create over 4,500 engineering jobs over the next 25 years and more than a £1bn a year to the industry. This investment, and others like it, puts the region at the very heart of the UK’s energy sector and cements our position as a centre of excellence for manufacturing, to a global marketplace.”

New Home for a Company Keeping a Watchful Eye on Industry

posted 22 Jan 2010, 07:53 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Jan 2010, 07:56 ]

Originally Posted: Wednesday 4th November 2009
 
A small enterprising South Yorkshire business running on-site and wireless condition based monitoring services for industrial equipment has relocated to the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.

Drive Management Services (DMS) is a specialist engineering consultancy working with blue chip and SME organisations across a broad range of sectors from manufacturing to water treatment, from building supplies to food production. It offers a range of condition monitoring products and services designed to eliminate downtime and lost production as a result of machine failure.
Co-founder and sales director Allan Findlow said the six-year-old company had outgrown its base at Sheffield Technology Parks and needed to find the right location for continued expansion. He was keen to move into an area where networking opportunities with like-minded engineering and manufacturing organisations would be possible.

“We have been working with a local company Sensdata, and when they moved to the Advanced Manufacturing Park we did some research and quickly realised it is the perfect location for us to take our business to the next level. It ticks all the boxes for us in terms of our requirements,” said Mr Findlow.

The combined ground floor workshop and office space at the Yorkshire Forward-funded AMP Technology Centre, which DMS moved into this week (1 December), means the team now has dedicated facilities for its operations.

“We have high expectations for our newly developed web-based monitoring system and anticipate demand for our services will continue to increase. Our flexible approach and specialist knowledge is attractive to many companies, and we believe it’s important to portray a professional and successful image to maximise opportunities in the marketplace. Our move to the AMP gives us an address and premises which we know will impress visitors, as well as being operationally more efficient for us,” he added.

Yorkshire Forward’s assistant director of business, Jim Farmery, said: “We are already witnessing success and growth amongst current occupiers at the Park, with many of the tenants recognised as global forces across a range of sectors. Their success is attracting a high level of interest and we are delighted that companies of the same high calibre, such as Sensdata and DMS, are choosing to move there.”

New Tenants for Yorkshire's Advanced Manufacturing Hub

posted 22 Jan 2010, 07:48 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Jan 2010, 07:51 ]

Originally Posted: Wednesday 4th November 2009
 
Three more businesses have joined the fast-growing community at the UK’s only Advanced Manufacturing Park, in Rotherham.

They have moved in to the Yorkshire Forward-funded Technology Centre, an environmentally-friendly building at the heart of the Park, which provides dedicated support for innovation and 50,000 sq ft of office, laboratory and workshop space for hi-tech advanced engineering, manufacturing and materials organisations.

The businesses are:

  • newly-established mechanical and structural engineering designer Eadon Consulting.
  • Sensdata, a young high-tech player, focusing on the development and manufacture of intelligent sensors for maximising energy utilisation and engineering maintenance resources.
  • eoSemi, an emerging privately-funded semiconductor product company.


Eadon Consulting’s expertise covers a wide range of sectors including movable bridges, nuclear lifting equipment, renewable energy, and waterways and flood defence. It has recently been involved in the design of access platforms for dehumidification work that is being carried out on the Forth Road Bridge.

The company chose the Technology Centre as the location for its first office base and director Michael Thorogood said feedback from visitors had been excellent.

"The move was vital to support the continued expansion and growth of the company,” he said. “Despite the challenging economic climate, there has been continued demand for our expertise and services. Moving to the AMP provides enhanced facilities that enable us to satisfy our expanding client base and take the company forward."

The Technology Centre’s tenants are a diverse mix ranging from fledgling engineering and technology companies to university spin-offs and subsidiaries of established companies. One thing they have in common is that they have all fulfilled a demanding set of criteria to gain admission to the AMP.

The businesses include winter sports R&D engineer Bromley Technologies – behind some of the world’s top bobsleigh racers; ITI Energy, specialising in clean technologies and research; the UK branch of the Belgian Materialise Group, best known for its activities in the field of rapid industrial and medical prototyping; and the UK subsidiary of Germany’s HBM, a global market leader in test-and-measurement and weighing technology.

Yorkshire Forward’s assistant director of business, Jim Farmery, said: “This is an exciting time for the AMP and the wider South Yorkshire Advanced Manufacturing and Materials community. We are proud that these innovative companies recognise the benefits of moving to the Park, and look forward to more tenants joining them soon.”

The AMP is in Rotherham’s Waverley area, just off the M1’s Junction 33. Its development opportunities range from small office, workshop and lab space, through medium-sized hybrid and light industrial units to larger custom-built design and build options.

High-Tech Address Fuels Expansion for Electronic Design Company

posted 22 Jan 2010, 07:44 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Jan 2010, 07:47 ]

Originally Posted: Wednesday 4th November 2009
 
A small South Yorkshire company working with global giants such as Microsoft, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Morphy Richards is to move to larger premises at Rotherham's Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP).

Arrow Technical specialises in the development and application of new electronic products for clients from small start-ups to high-tech multinationals across a range of market sectors including automotive, industrial, medical, scientific and consumer electronics.

Typical of many in the AMP Technology Centre, it is a small company, but a big player with big ambitions, as its client-list shows. Arrow has seen its business double following its move there in 2007 from Nursery Street in Sheffield. The four-strong team has increased to nine, led by managing director Chris Worrall.

He was keen to keep his business located at the AMP and this week signed a deal to buy a larger unit, capable of accommodating his expansion plans at the Park’s latest development, Evolution @ the AMP.

“Image counts in business and since moving to the AMP our location and facilities have impressed customers and contributed to our rapid growth,” said Chris Worrall, who is also a board director at Electronics Yorkshire, a not-for-profit organisation promoting collaboration and complementary services to benefit member companies and the sector as a whole.

“There is no question that being at the AMP has been good for business, in terms of the location, which offers excellent access, the high-tech look of the place, and the opportunities for networking with professionals working at the cutting edge of technology. We are looking forward to moving into Evolution and inviting our customers to visit the new factory.”

Acting on behalf of owner UK Strategic Partnership, Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) successfully negotiated the purchase of the 3,100 sq ft unit at Evolution. The development totals 95,000 sq ft of high-quality units, which offer ideal growth opportunities for SMEs keen to locate their business at the heart of Yorkshire’s advanced manufacturing community.

The industrial and logistics agent at LSH’s Sheffield office, Ed Norris, said: "The AMP is considered one of, if not the finest business locations in the UK. With its flexible, high-specification accommodation, and excellent multi-modal transport connections, the AMP makes a highly attractive proposition for all forward thinking manufacturing, technology and materials businesses.”

Other high-tech companies reaping the benefits of the AMP's facilities include Dormer Tools, Bromley Technologies, Fripp Design and Research, ITI Energy and Materialise.

Investment manager Philippa Hedley, of South Yorkshire's Advanced Manufacturing & Metals (AMM) team, said: “Technologically advanced companies such as Arrow are benefiting from the Park's international profile and its ability to attract industry innovators. Arrow's success demonstrates that the AMP is fulfilling its role as an accelerator for advanced manufacturing businesses in the region and we are delighted Chris has chosen to continue to grow the business there.“

The AMP is a joint venture between landowner UK Coal and regional development agency Yorkshire Forward. The agency’s assistant director of business, Jim Farmery, said: “We welcome Arrow to Evolution. The move from the Technology Centre demonstrates that this serviced facility is the perfect location for high-tech companies that are looking to grow, as they work alongside the global names that are currently developing the next generation of advanced manufacturing technologies and products at the Park.”

The AMP's available property options ensure there is something to suit growing companies at every stage of development, from managed office, workshop and lab space through medium-sized hybrid and industrial units at Evolution to larger custom-built designs.

Business Minister Hails AMP as "Exciting"

posted 22 Jan 2010, 07:42 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Jan 2010, 07:43 ]

Originally Posted: Wednesday 4th November 2009
 
The Minister for Business and Regulatory Reform Ian Lucas MP dropped into the AMP for a whistle-stop tour of CTi and TWI’s Yorkshire Technology Centre.

Commenting on his visit, the Minister said: “What is happening here is very exciting. There are some very committed and innovative companies with world-beating ideas and technologies which British industry needs to better use to compete more effectively.

“Advanced manufacturing is the future. We need to have it and we’ve got to go for it. Britain has the high skills, commitment and knowledge to build a strong manufacturing future. The Advanced Manufacturing Park is a successful template for industry and university collaboration, so I am delighted to be here in Rotherham to see it working.”

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