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CEME Chief Executive Bill Williams walking and talking to Communities Minister Eric Pickles (Chairman of Ford of Britain Joe Greenwell is pictured in the background right between Bill and Eric). Pic: Melissa Page
by Ian Weinfass, Reporter
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
A new manufacturing institute will be set up in Rainham, after the government awarded it a £3.5m grant.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles visited the CEME Centre in Rainham on Tuesday to announce the investment.
The new, not-for-profit, ‘High Speed Sustanable Manufacturing Institute’ (HSSMI) is being set up in partnership with the CEME Centre and car manufacturer Ford.
The car company is investing £1.44m in the scheme.
The Institute will develop new and innovative ways to improve manufacturing techniques and increase productivity.
It will bring together experts from business, engineering and academia and will employ 22 researchers and PhD students to work alongside six Ford research staff to create programmes that will help develop the high skilled work force needed to operate such systems.
Mr Pickles was joined by local government minister Bob Neill, Ford chairman Joe Greenwell, as well as Ceme Chief Executive Bill Williams and chairman Martin Broadhurst and Havering Council leader Cllr Michael White.
Mr Williams said: “Under the umbrella of CEME, the HSSMI will bring together the best of business academia, the latest engineering knowhow, and business acumen to focus on designing innovative manufacturing systems to give a vital lead to British companies, both large and small.
“The potential is phenomenal. This is going to be a hotbed of opportunity for growth.
“It is a momentous day because it will bring technology into small businesses in this region and nationally they could previously only have dreamed of.”
Communities Secretary Mr Pickles added: “This country and county has a proud history of manufacturing.
“By investing in high-tech skills and innovation we can help ensure that as well as being part of our past, quality manufacturing is part of our future.
“By promoting enterprise, pushing forward research, creating jobs and giving people more skills we are sending a powerful signal that Britain is a top choice for inward investment and with that bringing local growth back to communities.
“This is an Institute with a big ambition, to push back the frontiers of manufacturing, quicken production and reduce costs and bring benefits to business as well as the local area.
“It is a delight to open this new Institute and to pledge £3.5m of investment.”