A new research facility at Brunel University, which will help revolutionise manufacturing methods for UK car makers, has been announced today.
The Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC) will be the result of a £14 million investment by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Constellium, Brunel University and a major luxury car manufacturer.
The AMCC will focus on reusing metal multiple times to reduce waste and quantities of new metal being mined. The creation of the new centre will help to bridge the gap between fundamental research and full-scale industrial trials.
The creation of AMCC has been announced as part of government plans to provide £85 million funding to more than 20 universities in the UK to support research in advanced materials, robotics and autonomous systems and grid-scale energy storage.
Minister for Universities and Science, David Willets said, “For Britain to get ahead in the global race we have to back emerging technologies and ensure our universities have the latest equipment. This capital investment will help scientists make new discoveries and take their research through to commercial success. It will drive growth and support the government’s industrial strategy.”
Last week, as part of the Automotive Sector Strategy, government announced plans to invest £1 billion in an Advanced Propulsion Centre, which will enable the automotive industry to research, develop and commercialise technologies for vehicles of the future.