Massive nuclear opportunity

Alan Cumming of EDF (left) and Martin McKervey of Nabarro
Alan Cumming of EDF (left) and Martin McKervey of Nabarro
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South Yorkshire firms are being urged to seize the opportunity to dominate the UK civil nuclear supply sector.

Alan Cumming, who is commercial director for EDF Energy’s nuclear new build programme in the UK, says local industry will be in an even stronger position if it takes full advantage of having the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre on its doorstep.

Speaking ahead of next month’s Global Manufacturing Festival in Sheffield – at which he will give a keynote address – Mr Cumming revealed that EDF Energy is to host a series of ‘Supplier Days’ at the Nuclear AMRC.

Mr Cumming said: “The NAMRC is set to be the single most important hub of the entire UK nuclear energy sector. It’s a world class facility and is sitting next door to some of the world’s most talented manufacturers, so we will be hosting special events where those manufacturers can get a clear understanding of what we need. It’s time for South Yorkshire’s manufacturers to grab this opportunity with both hands.”

Martin McKervey, partner at Nabarro, said: “It is hoped that South Yorkshire engineering companies specialising in instrumentation, valves, pumps and other high-end products can grab pole position in this sector.’’