Ford backs High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute 27 July 2012

Ford is to back a High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI) being launched by the government at the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) in East London.

Ford is to invest £1.44m of high-tech engineering and manufacturing expertise in the HSSMI, in partnership with CEME and Loughborough University (the lead academic partner), with support from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG.)

The set up and launch of the Institute is funded by a £3.5m grant from the DCLG.

According to the partners, the institute will conduct research aimed at improving the efficiency of British manufacturers and suppliers, by integrating state-of-the-art technologies from academic organisations into volume manufacturing processes.

The goal is increased productivity, raising the profile of manufacturing in the UK, and fostering the development of skills.

"Ford is delighted to be a founding partner in this exciting new initiative," comments Joe Greenwell, Ford of Britain chairman.

"The Institute will accelerate research and development in innovative manufacturing systems that will help underpin the future of the UK's high value manufacturing sector. This complements the work that Ford is already doing in this area and also provides significant opportunities for supply chain partners."

Brian Tinham

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