Airedale joins consortium bidding for funding under the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI)
Date: 17th March 2015 | Posted by: Airedale Team | Posted in: Press release
Airedale Air Conditioning, Leeds, UK, March 11, 2015
British cooling specialist, Airedale International, is one of 22 companies selected for their ‘best-in class’ credentials to form a partnership in a collaborative bid for funding under the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI), the purpose of which is to address the gap in housing supply by supporting research and development and investment in new manufacturing facilities and training.
A strong manufacturing sector is considered to be vital to a balanced economic recovery. Under the government’s Industrial Strategy for Construction AMSCI was established to improve the global competitiveness of UK advanced manufacturing supply chains. To date, four rounds of funding have secured nearly £0.5 billion of public-private investment involving more than 180 organisations and creating or safeguarding more than 30,000 jobs.
The scheme will benefit the construction industry through improving its design and manufacturing technologies, mirroring best practice - notably increased automation - applied in other industries such as the automotive industry. In addition to creating employment opportunities, the government also expects that the individual businesses involved will enjoy higher knowledge and skills levels. By ‘re-shoring’ production in the UK and enabling UK-based companies to be more successful in competing for both local and overseas business, the government hopes to rebalance the economy and shift the emphasis from the service sector which currently dominates the UK economy.
George Hannah, Technical Director for Airedale said: “We see tremendous opportunities for Airedale from being involved in this initiative. Being part of plans to return the UK to a centre of excellence for manufacturing is an extremely exciting prospect.
“Airedale will directly benefit through access to new routes to market with knock-on benefits for our traditional customer base as we increase the pace of innovation even further. We expect it to lead to additional job opportunities at all levels from apprentices to post graduates who will have plenty of opportunity to grow their skills through training and collaboration with the partners involved in the scheme.”
Airedale was selected because of its 40-year heritage in technical excellence and innovation. The type of products it expects to manufacture under the programme will be modular facilities such as plant rooms, hydronic modules for heating and cooling, electrical and control systems, as well as chillers and air handling units.
Stephen Harley, Director of Advanced Manufacturing at Laing O’Rourke said: “This grant comes at a critical time for the construction and engineering sector and its supply chain. Our consortium, which includes Airedale, integrates the design, manufacturing and assembly construction supply chain with leading research institutions to create a new platform for collaborative innovation.”
To view the video “The power of partnership” and a full list of the partners involved - click here.
Picture caption: (front and left to right)
George Hannah, Technical Director - Airedale International
Vince Cable MP, Business Secretary
Mike Macleod, Project Leader - Laing O’Rourke
Ray O’Rourke, Chairman - Laing O’Rourke
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