Our venue partner for 2017, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), is a great fit for Appetite for Engineering as it reinforces our message about the importance of utilising innovative technology.
The MTC is a Catapult Centre for high-value manufacturing, where many innovative manufacturing concepts are first validated and implemented. It is currently working to apply knowledge and skills from other industry sectors to a variety of food production and manufacturing issues.
The MTC was established in 2010 as an independent Research & Technology Organisation (RTO) with the objective of bridging the gap between academia and industry – often referred to as ‘the valley of death’.
The centre represents one of the largest public sector investments in UK manufacturing and, after four years of planning and a 16-month build, the facility opened at Ansty Park in Coventry at the end of 2011. In December 2011, there were 16 industrial members, 44 staff and just a few key pieces of equipment in the ‘workshop’. Over the next five years, the MTC’s rapid growth saw the expansion of their campus with the construction of three more facilities, including the opening of the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing. Their role has also increased to cover not only R&D but also Training, Advanced Manufacturing Management and Factory Design. And today they have over 500 talented employees working with them. During the last six years, they have helped hundreds of companies across a range of industries and around 100 of them have become members of the MTC.
Their overarching vision is to inspire Great British manufacturing on the global stage. They provide integrated manufacturing system solutions for customers large and small, across sectors as diverse as automotive, aerospace, rail, informatics, food & drink, construction/civil engineering, electronics, oil & gas and defence. Through their work, hey help companies manufacture faster, at a consistently higher quality and lower cost, in an agile environment in partnership with industry and academia.
The centre also encourages young people into exciting careers in engineering, to develop and embed technologies that will impact UK industry for years to come. While their facilities provide a fantastic environment for the development and demonstration of new technologies on an industrial scale, offering flexibility to their growing membership, clients and research partners.
As such, the MTC provides the ideal backdrop to this year’s Appetite for Engineering event and we hope you will join us at this excellent facility in October.