Andrea Leadsom launches MTC’s new innovation hub

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Andrea Leadsom has officially opened the Manufacturing Technology Centre’s new innovation and knowledge hub for metal additive manufacturing, ahead of a major industrial launch event in October.

The new hub aims to lead research, development, and collaboration on metal additive manufacturing, developing and testing ideas for taking the technology forward.

The new hub, in the MTC’s Aerospace Research Centre on its Ansty Park, Coventry campus, will be formally launched to industry and will also be the home of an online reference resource as well as a manufacturing facility. Its opening underscores progress in the £15 million MTC-led DRAMA (Digital Reconfigurable Additive Manufacturing facilities for Aerospace) project which encourages suppliers to the UK aerospace industry to adopt additive manufacturing.

The new hub includes a workshop and design, research and test facilities for additive manufacturing users and experts who can shape the technology.

The new centre will offer training at all levels, expert advice on AM suitability, business case and implementation, research, both bespoke and collaborative and face-to-face and online business and technical support.