UK opens manufacturing development centre

21 March 2017

Cammell Laird Energy and the UK’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre have partnered to open a new Manufacturing Development Centre in the North West of England.

The facility, which will be located within Cammell Laird’s Birkenhead site, will focus on developing modular manufacturing methods for new reactors. It will provide a base for the Nuclear AMRC in the North West, and be used to develop and industrialise technology and knowhow to service the nuclear industry.

Andrew Storer, managing director of the Nuclear AMRC said: “Our new facility in Birkenhead will focus on developing modular manufacturing methods for new reactors of all sizes, drawing on Cammell Laird's expertise in modular shipbuilding and a host of innovative technologies to significantly reduce costs and lead times for nuclear new build.”

The centre is looking to research a wide range of areas supporting the assembly, commissioning and transportation of modules of up to 5000 tonnes, according Cammell Laird energy division managing director Jonathan Brown.

“Working with the Nuclear AMRC we will invest in our facilities and our skilled workforce and supply chain to meet the demands of modular new build.”

“Looking forward, we will also target the export market through a strategy built on working with partners and countries around the world, focused on the exploitation of the benefits of modular construction,” Brown said.

Cammell Laird, the UK’s largest shipbuilding company, has been increasing its involvement in the UK’s nuclear sector for several years, and has collaborated with Nuclear AMRC members Nuvia and Ansaldo NES on modular manufacture for the civil nuclear sector.

Photo: Aerial view of the Cammell Laird Birkenhead site

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