Royal approval for city firms

Vince Middleton
Vince Middleton
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It was a great privilege, earlier this week, to represent manufacturing technology alongside the AMRC and associated companies at #techinthepalace held at Buckingham Palace. 

The event was organised by the Duke of York, a great supporter of South Yorkshire businesses. It seems a long time since he opened Newburgh’s Rotherham facility but I’ll always remember the interest and understanding he had for the sector. 

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were very knowledgeable and took time at our display of Yorkshire-based engineering technology. A number of the royal family took time to visit the companies invited. As a city region we should be proud of the AMRC and our world leading engineering companies that support it. To be invited to the royal household is testament to how well our sector is regarded nationally and globally.

I have to say the house is stunning. We were made welcome with delicious canapés and Champagne. The event was well attended and it was good to see we could more than hold our own against other businesses. 

The Advanced Manufacturing Park is becoming a global centre for manufacturing excellence. We should all be proud of the work of Professor Keith Ridgway, the AMRC and others. 

We are living in exciting times and as an engineer it gives me pleasure and satisfaction knowing the sector will grow and expand for decades to come. The only thing that would derail it would be shortsightedness and shorter memories of our political “elite”.

It wasn’t surprising to hear at the event a number of people commenting on “Made in Sheffield” and “Sheffield Steel”. It makes you realise that’s what we were good at and are still excellent at. If we stick to what we know and do more of it, it is an easier route to growth than pursuing something we think we should be seen to be good at.

It’s a big year for Newburgh engineering as we celebrate 75 years of manufacturing excellence. I have been able to reflect that when we combine our historical knowledge with developments in manufacturing techniques it is a simple recipe for another successful 75 years to come.