Recently announced in the Low Carbon Industry Strategy, the Government will provide capital investment of up to £15 million to establish a Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre that combines the knowledge, practices and expertise of manufacturing companies with the capability of universities.
This will complement the existing Advanced Manufacturing Centres in Sheffield and Glasgow and the Nuclear Laboratory in Sellafield. The centre will consist of a consortium of manufacturers from the UK nuclear supply chain and universities.
The facility will enable around 30 companies to work together on the development of processes for the manufacture of nuclear components and assemblies, to develop management processes, training and workforce development programmes and to achieve civil nuclear standards and accreditation.
The centre will also coordinate the acquisition of capability and the response to international markets. Rolls Royce will take a leading role – bringing technical ability, commercial discipline and access to markets.