New institute to support UK development of machines and engineers for tomorrow’s technologies

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​The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has secured £50k early-stage funding to create the Advanced Machinery and Productivity (AMP) Institute in Rochdale. The funding has been awarded through the UK’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Strength in Places Fund (SIPF).

Driving innovation for the UK’s advanced machinery manufacturers, the AMP Institute will create the new machines and engineers needed to manufacture tomorrow’s technologies.

The AMP Institute will be centred around existing capabilities and research excellence across the North of England and reaching across the wider UK, to establish and develop economic growth in the design, development and manufacture of advanced machinery and robotic systems.

The AMP Institute will fulfil a presently unaddressed, yet critical, aspect of the UK’s manufacturing innovation infrastructure. (Editor: In fact, the space is one vacated by what was the Macclesfield-headquartered Machine Tool Industry Research Association, created in the 1960s, that subsequently became the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Institute [AMTRI], which went out of business around 2007, when Machinery last wrote about the organisation .)

Through partnership between NPL (the UK’s National Metrology Institute), industry, local government and higher education institutions, the AMP Institute will deliver a sustainable programme of innovation and skills directly impacting its own local economy and that of UK industry export.

It will initially create seven new jobs at the Institute and c.20 at the partner HEI’s, generating approximately 660 new direct jobs and 530 indirect jobs across the region. The Institute’s skills focus will provide a channel for local education providers to develop a sustained cohort of skilled staff. They, in combination with the more resilient and innovative supplier base, will make the region a more attractive place for inward investment.

National Physical Laboratory’s (NPL) head of engineering, Paul Shore, stated: “The AMP Institute is a direct response to the need for the UK to improve its productivity. AMP will support UK companies in developing machinery and automation products. It is these intelligent production systems that will facilitate UK productivity improvement through greater digitisation and automation within our future manufacturing landscape

Holroyd and Precision Technologies Group CEO, Tony Bannan stated: “Our ambition is for AMP Institute to become a practical, accessible and potentially transformative resource for regional and national manufacturing companies – of all sizes. If your company needs machines, new technologies, advanced processes or integrated systems to make your products, or if you need targeted innovation and skills to improve productivity and competitiveness, then AMPI will help you.”