Wigan manufacturer builds robot to inspire youths

Posted on 17 Jun 2013

Wigan-based C&C Baseline, a specialist in the design, manufacture and installation of architectural metalwork, built a 160-centimetre tall stainless steel robot to create awareness of manufacturing in the North West.

The robot, which is called Archie and already has its Facebook page, was developed as part of the company’s work with the Manufacturing Advisory Service: it will be used for engagements with schools, youth centres and community groups.

Archie communicates using a voice and light box in its head and a screen on its chest, which features scrolling images of manufacturing with local connections. It is hoped that it will contribute to inspiring youngsters to pursue a career in the many different sectors of manufacturing. The robot is also used regularly to hold health and safety awareness courses and toolbox talks within C&C Baseline and partnering organisations.

Mike Cooper, MD at C&C Baseline, said: “Archie is going to be an important member of our public engagement team and will be a great help to us in reaching out to the community and young people in particular to show them just how much manufacturing affects their lives. Many manufacturing businesses in the North West are really thriving and innovating and we need to make sure that the next generation is part of that and can really add value to local industry and their own communities.