Prince William and Kate Middleton to open Rotherham's £50m McLaren factory

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Rotherham next week to officially open the new £50m McLaren factory.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton will open McLaren Automotive’s new Composites Technology Centre on Wednesday.

The new McLaren centre will be used to innovate the process of designing and constructing lightweight carbon fibre ‘tubs’, which form the internal shell of all McLaren cars. 

Their Royal Highnesses will be shown the prototype manufacturing line that includes industrial processes for cutting and fitting carbon fibre. The carbon fibre car chassis produced here will then be assembled at McLaren’s site in Woking, which The Duke visited last year.

Their Royal Highnesses will meet emplpyees and hear about plans for the centre’s expansion that will create 200 new jobs. Some of McLaren’s STEM Ambassadors will speak to The Duke and Duchess about their work encouraging children to get involved in science-based learning and careers.

The Duke and Duchess will then travel to Barnsley where they will visit one of Centrepoint’s services, which supports over 60 homeless young people from the area every day.