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Hi-tech metals HQ takes off in TWI-South Yorkshire alliance

Connect, no. 122, January/February 2003, p.3

The new National Metals Technology Centre was launched late 2002 with TWI as one of its four founder members.

Namtec, as it has been dubbed, was commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry and will be established in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

It is being funded by Yorkshire Forward, the regional development agency, Objective One in South Yorkshire and the DTI.

'TWI has given us a great deal of support and encouragement to get Namtec off the ground' chief executive Richard Ball told Connect. 'It's TWI's great depth of technical know-how and facilities that Namtec now needs to access so that we can direct organisations within the metals sector.'

The new centre is a company limited by guarantee established and owned by four founder members of which TWI is one. The others are Castings Technology International, the UK Steel Association and the Confederation of British Metalforming.

Namtec will operate through an advisory council drawn up from industry, academia and other bodies representing the metals network in the UK.

'Regional rejuvenation is at the heart of what Objective One is trying to achieve' programme executive Tony Newson told Connect. 'TWI clearly is a market leader in this technology so we're delighted to welcome it to South Yorkshire as the first step in transforming our regional economy. By 2007 we anticipate having the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Waverley in Rotherham as the home for many market leaders within advanced manufacturing. Certainly the attraction of world class companies like TWI is a fundamental part of realising that ambition.'

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