Industry and governments should come together for Additive Manufacturing: the example of the UK
The development of additive manufacturing should not only the concern of specialists, it has to be the concern of all who believe in the potential of this technology for the future, and this requires the involvement of all people including those who lead a country. The UK government is an example that speaks for itself.
Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales, recently visited global engineering company Renishaw’s site in Miskin, near Cardiff to discuss the future of engineering in Wales. Cairns met with representatives from Renishaw to discuss how businesses and the Welsh Government can work together to create an engineering workforce with the skills necessary to support the industry and boost the Welsh economy.
Over £45 million have been invested in Renishaw’s facility. The Secretary of State for Wales discovered how this investment benefits to the South Wales region.
So far, any decision has been revealed regarding the Secretary of State’s visit to Renishaw. However, it should be noted that the visit comes the UK Government’s Year of Engineering campaign, which celebrates the industry and aims to boost engineering across the UK with funding and education.
Another city, another involvement
GKN Aerospace plans to open a Global Technology Centre (GTC) by 2020. Over 300 engineers will be working in the Bristol supposed based facility along side with the UK’s CATAPULT network and GKN Aerospace’s UK supply chain.
New technologies will be at the heart of the work in that centre: additive manufacturing (AM), advanced composites, assembly and industry 4.0 processes, the aim being to improve the production rate of aircraft structures.
“The GTC will ensure we continue to develop new technologies that deliver for our customers, making aircraft more sustainable and economical. It will also support our 4,000 strong workforce in the UK, ensuring they remain at the cutting edge of the global aerospace industry. The GTC is a great example of the UK’s industrial strategy at its best: with industry and the Government coming together to invest in the technology of the future’’, said Chief Executive of GKN Aerospace, Hans Büthker.
In order to achieve this goal, a number of companies partner with the aerospace specialist. Additive Industries is part of these companies that will bring its contribution to this development.
The Netherlands-based company will join the AM programme from the co-located Process & Application Development Centre.
This collaboration will not only strengthen Additive Industries presence in the UK, it will also give the manufacturer to demonstrate the potential of its technology.
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