Technology Centre Ahead of Its Time; Pioneering Research Facility Provides Crucial Support for Development of Manufacturers' Industrial Needs
COVENTRY'S PS40million Manufacturing Technology Centre celebrated a successful first year with news the facility has smashed all its targets - six years earlier than expected.
The pioneering MTC on the Ansty Business Park, which has just signed up its 45th member, has generated PS15million in income since opening in December 2011, according to the latest figures.
Employee numbers at the centre have grown to more than 130 engineers, technicians and support staff from just 20 a year ago, including 11 graduate engineers and 13 apprentices. And according to bosses at the world-class research facility, these targets were not expected to be achieved until 2018.
MTC chief executive, Clive Hickman, said: "The MTC provides a high quality environment for the development and demonstration of new technologies on an industrial scale, providing a unique opportunity for manufacturers to develop new and innovative processes and technologies in a low risk environment.
"We now have 45 members including ten Tier One members - a target that was originally not expected to be achieved until 2018.
"Our incredible growth from a standing start is based on work generated by our members who have already shown faith in us to deliver new processes for them, as well the support of our research partners and the commitment of MTC employees. "We have developed a strong aerospace, automotive and ICT expertise and we are active in around half a dozen sectors currently.
We expect to move into the defence sector, motorsport and renewables very soon. …