Sheffield to lead new revolution

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Sheffield, Manchester and Birmingham are to spearhead a revolution in high-value engineering that will give the UK a sharper competitive edge, according to a report by The Royal Bank of Scotland.

The report – The Future of UK High Value Engineering – highlights the work of the Catcliffe-based Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Nuclear AMRC and stresses the role of the new, multi-million pound High Value Manufacturing Technology Innovation Centre, or Catapult Centre, on the region’s Advanced Manufacturing Park.

But the research also reveals the UK risks losing out in the global race to become a leading centre for high-value engineering as a result of investment slowing down during the recession.

And it warns the UK must overcome two further challenges if it is to be globally competitive – a shortage of skilled workers and restricted supply chains.