Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative

Business, Innovation and Skills written statement – made on 28th February 2013.

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Photo of Vincent Cable Vincent Cable The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

I would like to inform the House of the successful bids from round 2 of the advanced manufacturing supply chain initiative.

A total of 12 supply chain projects will receive approximately £73 million through AMSCI subject to due diligence, with a further £140 million being leveraged from private sector partners.

The supply chain projects cover the aerospace, automotive, chemicals, construction, electronics, materials and offshore wind sectors, and are expected to create over 11,000 new jobs and safeguard another 5,000.

With available finance of up to £125 million, the initiative was established in December 2011 to help existing UK supply chains grow and achieve world-class standards, while encouraging major new suppliers to come and manufacture here in Britain.

The initiative is part funded by the Government’s regional growth fund and is delivered in partnership with the Technology Strategy Board—the UK’s innovation agency—Birmingham city council, and Finance Birmingham on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The Chancellor announced additional funding of £120 million for two further AMSCI rounds in the 2012 autumn statement. The competition brief for these new rounds (AMSCI rounds 3 and 4) will be published today on the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) website:

Project successes in round 2 include:

“Aerospace Growth Partnership—National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP)”

Lead Organisation: ADS Group Ltd

Partners: Airbus Operations, Shorts Brothers plc, Spirit Aerosystems (Europe) Ltd, GKN Aerospace Service Ltd, Rolls Royce Goodrich Engine Controls Ltd and Rolls Royce plc

Location: The programme will benefit aerospace SMEs throughout England


Lead Organisation: TIMET UK Ltd

Partners: MTC; University of Birmingham

Location: West midlands

“Construction UK Supply Chain Competitiveness and Innovation”

Lead Organisations: J.C. Bamford Excavators Ltd and Perkins Engines

Partners: 48 yellow construction sector suppliers

Location: West midlands, east midlands, east of England, north

“Niche Luxury Vehicle Cluster Supplier Capacity Building Programme”

Lead Organisation: Bentley Motors Ltd (Crewe)

Partners: Rimstock PLC, Thomas Fattorini Ltd, Pilkington Automotive Ltd, ADV Manufacturing Ltd, CAB Automotive Ltd, Borough Ltd, SCA Packaging Ltd, WCM Europe Ltd, Luxfer Gas Cylinders Ltd, Bedford Dials Ltd, Titan Motorsport and Automotive Engineering Ltd, Prodrive Automotive Technology (Europe) Ltd

Location: West midlands, east of England, north-west, south-east

“Proving Integrity of Complex Automotive Systems (PICASSOS)”

Lead Organisation: Ricardo UK Ltd

Partners: Jaguar Land Rover, Axeon, York Metrics, D-RisQ, Oxford university, Coventry university, university of Warwick and York Metrics

Location: West Midlands

“An Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain for Aluminium Matrix Composite Components with 3D Fibre Reinforcement”

Lead Organisation: Composite Metal Technology Ltd

Partners: C&J Antch & Sons Ltd

Location: South-east, south-west, Yorkshire

“STRIVE—Simulation Tools for Rapid Innovation in Vehicle Engineering

Lead Organisation: The Northwest Automotive Alliance

Partners: Bentley Motors, VEC (university of Liverpool), Optis, Icona, SimX

Location: North-west

“Flow Reactor Supply Chain”

Lead Organisation: AM Technology

Partner: Autico

Location: North-west, south-west

“Indigenous Sustainable Manufacturing Supply Chain for Solid State Lighting

Lead Organisation: Zeta Controls Ltd

Partners: Plessey Semiconductors Ltd

Location: South-east, south-west,

“Supply Chain Innovation for UK Production of Large Wind Turbine Gearboxes”

Lead Organisation: David Brown Gear Systems Ltd

Partners: University of Nottingham, Holts Brothers Ltd, university of Huddersfield, Parkers Hannifin Manufacturing UK Ltd, Russlle Ductile Castings Ltd, DHL, Trac Group Ltd, Unilathe

Location: West midlands, east midlands, Yorkshire

“The Composites innovation Cluster (CiC)”

Lead Organisation: Cytec Industrial Materials Ltd

Partners: Cobham Advanced Composites Ltd, Aviation Enterprises Ltd, ARRK Europe Ltd, Sigmatex (UK) Ltd, GE Aviation Systems Ltd (trading through its Dowty Propellers Facility), NetComposites Ltd, Tilsatec (a division of Sirdar Spinning Ltd), Axon Automotive Ltd, Dyne Technology Ltd, FORMAX (UK) Ltd, Technical Fibre Products Ltd, Altair Engineering Ltd, Tods Aerospace Ltd, Gudel Lineartec (UK) Ltd, EPL Composite Solutions Ltd, Granta Design Ltd, FAR-UK Ltd, Assyst Bullmer Ltd, Surface Generation Ltd, Wanwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), Imperial College, National Composites Certification and Evaluation Facility (NCCEF), university of Hertfordshire, Royal Holloway, university of London, university of Nottingham and Cranfield university

Location: West midlands, east midlands, east of England, north-west, south-east, Yorkshire

“Development of Advanced High Temperature Bearing Steel”

Lead Organisation: Tata Steel UK Ltd

Partners: SKF, university of Cambridge, AFRC (university of Strathclyde)

Location: South-west, Yorkshire