A MIDDLE Eastern country will copy Rotherham’s blueprint to create its own Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
Oman, on the Arabian Peninsula, will establish its own version as it looks to diversify its economy and attract foreign investment.
The AMRC’s successful Rotherham template has previously been used in several countries, including India, Germany, Australia, Italy and the Netherlands.
Senior figures from Sohar, Oman’s first private university, have visited their counterparts in the UK to develop the cluster idea for high-tech firms.
AMRC executive director, John Baragwanath, said: “It has been a privilege to work with Oman in this remarkable venture.”
He paid tribute to the Omani government and the team at Sohar University for having the vision and drive to create a world-class centre focused on high-value added manufacturing.
And he added: “As the originators of the AMRC model, we have been able to show them how world-class research can help manufacturers of any size add value to their business by introducing advanced techniques, technologies and processes.
“What we are doing chimes perfectly with their vision of helping Oman become ‘a knowledge nation’.”