Regional centres join forces on nuclear research and innovation

The South West Nuclear Hub, based at the University of Bristol, is pleased to announce that it has signed a reciprocal agreement with the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre (Nuclear AMRC) to become members.

This brings together the current academic alliance of university members in the Hub with the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester who form the Nuclear AMRC with leading manufacturing companies.

Representatives of the South West Nuclear Hub and Nuclear AMRC after signing the agreement

Hub Co-director Professor Tom Scott said:

“The Hub is incredibly proud to add the Nuclear AMRC to its membership as well as reciprocally joining the High Value Manufacturing Catapult network.

By partnering in research areas such as advanced materials, structural integrity, manufacturing and robotics we constitute a world-leading cluster of expertise.

The timing is now perfect for us to promote nuclear energy as part of a low-carbon future for the UK”. 

One is example of collaboration between the Nuclear AMRC and the South West Nuclear Hub is the recent Researcher in Residence Fellowship awarded to University of Bristol’s Dr Nico Larrosa, focusing on structural integrity for safety applications.

Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre

 The Nuclear AMRC combines academic innovation with industry expertise to help UK manufacturers improve capabilities and performance along the supply chain. Its facilities and services are open to all.

The centre's engineers and sector specialists work with companies to develop innovative techniques and optimised processes for large-scale high-precision manufacturing. Companies can use the Nuclear AMRC's state-of-the-art workshop to develop and test new processes on production-scale machines without losing capacity in their own factories.

Jamie Townes, Ross Barrable and Professor Tom Scott outside the South West Nuclear Hub

Ross Barrable, Strategic Relations Manager of the Nuclear AMRC stated: “Collaboration with the South West Nuclear Hub represents an exciting new opportunity for us to access world-leading nuclear research. By combining our knowledge and expertise we will be able to focus on accelerating materials and process innovation that will ultimately serve to enhance UK supply chain capabilities.

We are pleased to welcome South West Nuclear Hub to our Membership community, and we look forward to building a long successful relationship in the years to come.”

Further information

The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre helps UK manufacturers win work across the nuclear sector – in new build, operations and decommissioning.

The Nuclear AMRC also provides a range of supply chain development support to help manufacturers enter the nuclear market and compete worldwide. The Fit For Nuclear programme is a unique diagnostic tool which lets companies measure their operations against the standards required to supply the nuclear industry, and take the necessary steps to close any gaps.

The Nuclear AMRC is backed by industry leaders and government, and owned by the University of Sheffield. It is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a national alliance of seven leading manufacturing research centres.

The South West Nuclear Hub, based at University of Bristol, brings together academia, industry and the whole of the nuclear supply chain, acting as the focal point for the regional nuclear community and address technical challenges faced by the industry. The Hub will play an ever more important role as the construction and development of Hinkley Point C in North Somerset gathers pace.

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