Business Innovation and Skills Secretary Vince Cable has praised aero engine giant Rolls-Royce for its role in encouraging advanced manufacturing.
“Today is further evidence of Rolls-Royce’s strong commitment to the UK and the strength of advanced manufacturing in this country,” said Dr Cable, launching construction of the company’s new Advanced Blade Casting Facility on South Yorkshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Park. This new facility is good news, not just for Rolls-Royce and the local area, but for our aerospace sector and the wider economy too.
“This kind of development is important for the future of this region and it is important for the country because this is a statement about Britain’s excellence in manufacturing.
“It’s extremely important for South Yorkshire because places like Sheffield and Rotherham have long been centres for world class advanced manufacturing and top class manufacturing companies deserve support. These are the kinds of activities that will lead Britain’s recovery.
“The big message to the world from a project like this is Britain is making things, it’s making them well and it has some of the very best manufacturing companies in the world.”
Dr Cable also announced additional funding for advanced manufacturing companies through the government backed “Samulet” initiative to promote strategic, affordable manufacturing in the UK through the development of environmentally friendly technology.
Funding from the first Samulet project helped to support a research programme involving Rolls-Royce and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre inSouth Yorkshire to develop ways of cutting the cost and time taken to make turbine discs for jet engines.
The new round of funding will include £15 million for the Advanced Manufacturing Catapult research programme, based at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, and will help to cover the cost a state of the art machine tools for high value manufacturing.