A FOUR-year programme to support the advanced engineering and materials sector in Yorkshire has been hailed a resounding success.
The £10 million Advanced Engineering and Materials Technology Capacity Building Programme was jointly funded by regional development agency Yorkshire Forward and the private sector.
It aimed to improve the capacity and performance of companies in the metals and engineering sector and provided support for to 245 businesses in the region, creating or safeguarding just under 1,600 jobs and bringing in additional sales worth £126 million.
The programme was run by the Rotherham-based National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEC), whose chief executive, Dr Alan Partridge, said: “We are proud of the results of this hugely successful programme and what it has delivered for this region’s manufacturing businesses.
“The benefits delivered and the technologies developed during the programme will continue to be available from the programme partners for years to come.”