Leading manufacturing academics have praised the UK’s system for pulling research into industry – Britain’s answer to the Fraunhofer Institute – making academic research more industry-focused and commercially effective.
Research and Development
The Government is planning to spend £14.1m on three new training centres to facilitate the training of a new generation of specialists in emergent macromolecular therapies, continuous manufacturing and crystallisation, and 'ultra precision'.
The WMG (formerly Warwick Manufacturing Group) is to open the new centre with funds from the Government (£9m) and the lottery (£4m). Research will focus on the development of batteries for hybrid and electric-powered vehicles.
The University of Nottingham is developing a new University Innovation Centre (UIC) with an aerospace company in China.
The new Satellite Applications Catapult, one of seven new technology and innovation centres to be established by the UK’s innovation agency the Technology Strategy Board, will be based at Harwell Oxford, the science, innovation and business campus in South Oxfordshire.