Factory of the future stays at cutting edge of industry

THE owners of Rotherham’s “factory of the future” have renewed their commitment to supporting cutting edge companies.

UK Coal and Yorkshire Forward have signed a three-year extension to their pledge to only allow firms operating in industries and technologies relating to high-tech engineering and advanced manufacturing to move onto the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) at Catcliffe.

Cllr Gerald Smith, Rotherham Borough Council's Cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This announcement secures the AMP's position as the UK's premier advanced manufacturing technology park.

“The AMP already has a global reputation for the quality of its advanced manufacturing technology solutions, and is home to many world-class companies.

“This three-year extension to the AMP Vision means that the AMP will be able to fully realise its potential, attracting more advanced manufacturing-related projects and companies to the AMP, and bringing additional investment and high quality jobs to the Rotherham economy."

This announcement came only weeks after the Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron praised the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), which is based at the AMP, as a prime example of the type of technology and innovation centres that the Government wishes to create.

The agreement with Yorkshire Forward will also see UK Coal relocate its property arm, Harworth Estates, to offices in the AMP Technology Centre building.

The AMP is part of Harworth Estates' flagship 700-acre Waverley Regeneration project. 

Plans for a new Waverley community to be developed at the site over the next 20 years include almost 4,000 homes, commercial developments, a school and other public facilities.


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