Further Investment in SAMULET to Benefit UK Manufacturing
The competitiveness of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing sector looks set to be strengthened following an announcement of a significant new government investment in SAMULET.
SAMULET is the collaborative R&D programme led by Rolls-Royce that aims to accelerate the development of new manufacturing and product technologies.
Announced today by the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, during a visit to Rotherham to perform the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Rolls-Royce Advanced Blade Casting Facility the £25 million investment in the second SAMULET programme will help to deliver and demonstrate breakthrough manufacturing technologies that will enable significant reductions in manufacturing costs. This will be achieved through the adoption of faster, more environmentally friendly and sustainable manufacturing operations, reduced scrap and re-work and enable the exploitation of new product opportunities.
The Government’s new investment in SAMULET – Strategic Affordable Manufacturing in the UK through Leading Environmental Technologies – will be managed by the Technology Strategy Board. A further £40 million will be invested in the programme by the industrial partners involved – Rolls-Royce and GKN Aerospace.
The programme will also involve extensive collaboration with four members of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult – the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and the National Composites Centre (NCC). Birmingham University are also part of the consortium.
While the manufacturing technologies that will be developed as a result of the eight projects within the SAMULET2 programme will be exploited on a range of civil aerospace applications, the benefits will impact more widely across the UK’s High Value Manufacturing industry through the development of new manufacturing and product technologies.
Key areas likely to benefit directly through the programme include:
- Reduction in material usage through use of near-net shape manufacturing technology.
- Reduction in processing time through machining time reduction.
- Reduction in manual intervention during manufacturing processing.
- Reduction in energy consumption.
- Improved component performance through more accurate manufacturing methods and reduced variability.
Further information can be found on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) website (opens new window).
Source: Technology Strategy Board, 21/06/12
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