Bridging the gap between academia and industry

The guest speaker at this year’s acumen7 Christmas Dinner was Neil Rawlinson, Strategic Development Director at The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). The MTC was established in 2010 as an independent Research and Technology Organisation with the objective of bridging the gap between academia and industry – often referred to as the ‘valley of death’. It represents one of the largest public sector investments in UK manufacturing.

The MTC continually works to accelerate the UK’s industrial growth, deliver innovation, change the ways businesses compete, create and embed future skills, and maximise synergies within supply chains.

When the MTC opened in December 2011 there were 16 industrial members, 44 staff and just a few key pieces of equipment. In the following years, the MTC’s rapid growth has seen the expansion of its campus with the construction of three more facilities, including the opening of the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre and the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing. Their role has also increased to cover not only R&D, but also Training, Advanced Manufacturing Management and Factory Design. There are now over 700 talented employees working with the MTC and they have helped hundreds of companies across a range of industries, with over 100 of them now members of the MTC.

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