UK Steel, Pharmaceutical and Transport manufacturing will be future-ready thanks to research boost

11/02/2019

UK Steel, Pharmaceutical and Transport manufacturing will be future-ready thanks to research boost

A £30 million research and innovation investment in British manufacturing will ensure the UK can seize new opportunities in steel production, pharmaceuticals and the revolution in transport infrastructure.

Three new £10 million Manufacturing Research Hubs will link major industry players including Tata Steel, Siemens, and Rolls-Royce to world-class research teams.

The Hubs will pioneer new practices to ensure these established manufacturing sectors can meet evolving industry need, seize new opportunities and tackle key issues such as sustainability and productivity.

The three new Hubs will focus on steel production, bio-manufacturing, and electrical machines and will be funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

They will feature 67 partners from industry and the public sector alongside seven university partners. The hubs announced today brings the total of UKRI-supported Manufacturing Hubs across the UK to 13.

The Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub will receive £2 million co-funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Industry Minister Richard Harrington said: “This investment brings together world-class researchers and leading manufacturing firms to help revolutionise how key industries like steel operate in the future.

“These developments will help us build a smarter, greener and more efficient manufacturing sector in the UK which is a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy to harness the opportunities of clean growth creating more high-skilled jobs.

“We are determined to ensure the UK sets the global best standard for making our energy intensive industries competitive in the new clean economy.”

Professor Lynn Gladden, EPSRC’s Executive Chair, said: “There’s a real need to mesh fundamental research with our manufacturing industries. By doing so we can ensure that research is relevant to industrial need but also that UK businesses can be in touch with the latest developments in their fields. These three new Manufacturing Hubs cover industries that are important to the UK’s future capacity to make products sustainably and improve the country’s prosperity. ”

Read more on the EPSRC website.


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