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21 September 2011 | PR 11/113

Construction of £40 million Manufacturing Technology Centre completed

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The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) – of which Loughborough University is a key research partner – has moved into its new multi-million pound facility.

Based at Ansty Park in Coventry, the facility is the result of a £40 million joint investment from Advantage West Midlands and the East Midlands Development Agency.  In total, £130 million of public and private sector investments will be made in the centre over the next ten years.

The world-class MTC is one of seven research facilities appointed to run the first of the Government’s new generation of elite Technology Innovation Centres (TICs).  It brings together industrial giants, including Rolls-Royce, Aero Engine Controls and Airbus UK, with expert researchers from the Universities of Loughborough, Birmingham and Nottingham and TWI Ltd, the operating division of The Welding Institute.

The MTC’s main objective is to develop innovative ideas from academia and convert them into novel practical manufacturing solutions to improve the business performance of UK manufacturers.

Loughborough’s involvement in the MTC is being led by Professor Rob Parkin from the University’s Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.  He said: “The MTC is a fantastic opportunity for our research to be followed through to industry application.  This means that research carried out by Loughborough academics can make a real difference to UK manufacturing.”

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Notes for editors:

1.  For further information about the MTC visit: www.the-mtc.org/

2.  Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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