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New technology centre begins to rise from the ground

The first bolt is tightened as Morgan Sindall erects steelwork to create a new Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry.

The £15 million contract to create the MTC is at Ansty Park, a technology development which will provide a total of 1.5 million square feet of space for science and technology companies.  Once the 12,000m² centre is complete it will allow businesses to test new techniques and manufacturing methods well ahead of full-scale production. 

It represents a £130 million combined investment over 10 years, the single largest investment in a manufacturing research facility for many years. It is expected the Centre will eventually employ 100-150 highly skilled staff.

Advantage West Midlands (AWM) and the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) have committed to investing an initial £40 million in building and equipping the MTC. A further £90 million of public and private sector revenue is planned over 10 years.

The centre will be operated by a partnership made up initially of four leading UK research organisations: University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham, Loughborough University, and TWI Limited - the operating division of The Welding Institute. Founder industrial members of the MTC are Rolls-Royce, Aero Engine Controls and Airbus UK.