Shaping the future of nuclear power

Vincent Middleton, managhing director  of Newburgh
Vincent Middleton, managhing director of Newburgh
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Precision engineering specialist Newburgh Engineering has confirmed its faith in the future of the civil nuclear power sector by becoming a member of the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

Rotherham-based Newburgh specialises in bespoke engineering components and has been supplying the nuclear industry since the 1950s and last year won a multimillion pound, 10-year contract to supply nuclear reactor components to a joint venture involving reactor designer Westinghouse and Toshiba’s Nuclear Power Division.

The new Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre takes shape on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in July 2011

The new Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre takes shape on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in July 2011

Nuclear contracts now make up 22 per cent of the Newburgh’s annual turnover and the company sees prospects for that increasing, despite the slow down that hit the sector following the Japanese tsunami and ensuing nuclear disaster.

Managing director Vincent Middleton, said: “It is very important for experienced SMEs like Newburgh to play a part in shaping the nuclear new build plans.

“We have been involved in the industry for nearly 60 years, so for us the development of a nuclear strategy is important to help our business grow. We want the UK to be a world leader in nuclear power, and we will continue to support and contribute to the nuclear agenda and the Nuclear AMRC.”

The Nuclear AMRC, currently being built on South Yorkshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Park, aims to offer companies access to world-class research capabilities and targeted business support covering skills, training and accreditation.