Nuclear R&D centre launched

A vision to build a 65,000ft² R&D facility on Infinity Park Derby was announced at the launch of the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Midlands at the iHub yesterday.

A packed event heard Chief Executive Officer of Nuclear AMRC, Andrew Storer outline why Derby had been chosen as a location, starting with the opening of research facilities in the iHub. “Too much of the UK’s innovation sits on a shelf and we want to be part of turning this into applications.”

Also speaking at the event Derby City Council Leader Cllr Chris Poulter declared “We are in this partnership for the long-term and have strong ambitions to build a major facility.”

Hamid Mughal, Director of Manufacturing for Bondholder Rolls Royce plc made a strong case that productivity improvement can only come from a commitment to a continuous improvement culture, advanced manufacturing techniques and digital applications.

Will Tanner, Director of Public Affairs at Bondholder Bombardier said “Derby is a city and the midlands a region based on manufacturing” and he raised the prospect of suppliers working across the aerospace, automotive, rail and nuclear sector.

The Nuclear AMRC is part of the UK’s High-Value Manufacturing Catapult aimed at bridging the gap between academia and industry with a focus of the Derby centre being controls instrumentation especially in nuclear applications.

The launch follows the recent announcement that Bondholder Pattonair will be occupying a 125,000 ft2 new-build facility on Infinity Park