Minister praises research centre

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Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne has joined a chorus of praise for South Yorkshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

Speaking after visiting the centre, Mr Browne said: “The UK is a country that has long since punched above its weight when it comes to world-class research.

“This is demonstrated strongly at the AMRC in Sheffield, where companies come together to develop cutting edge technology.

“I have met with a number of companies that work at the (Advanced Manufacturing) Park, and I have seen the positive contribution it makes to their economic competitiveness. Having a hub dedicated to manufacturing businesses means that they can achieve so much more than they could working alone.

“Manufacturing is vital to this country’s export-led recovery, and having a centre to research and solve the problems it faces is invaluable. I have been impressed with what I have seen here and look forward to hearing more good things.”

Mr Browne’s comments followed a speech by Boeing UK chief Sir Roger Bone, who said the significance of the AMRC to the global aerospace giants could not be overstated.