The UK is investing in additive manufacturing research and development to maintain its place at the forefront of innovation in the global aerospace market.
Business Minister Anna Soubry officially opened the Aerospace Research Centre and National Centre for Net Shape and Additive Manufacturing in Coventry on 22 June. The research facilities are housed within the Manufacturing Technology Centre and form part of the government’s wider investment strategy for the aerospace sector, which is a £2.1 billion commitment overseen by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI).
“Government and industry are working together to keep Britain at the forefront of the global aerospace market,” said the minister during the opening ceremony. “We are currently second only to the United States, but there is more to do and it is important that we continue to invest in R&D and develop ground-breaking technologies.