The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) was established in 2010 with the objective of bridging the gap between academia and industry. It represents one of the largest public sector investments in UK manufacturing and, after four years of planning and a 16 month build, the 12000m2 facility opened at Ansty Park in Coventry at the end of 2011.
Addressing the significant gap in UK manufacturing technology provision, the so called ‘valley of death’, has long challenged the leading minds of industry and academia. The MTC was created to bridge this gap, by providing collaborative partnerships that take the ideas coming out of academia and look to develop them into commercial reality within industry.
Four forward-thinking founders; University of Birmingham, Loughborough University; University of Nottingham and The Welding Institute began the process of bringing this concept to life. The initial vision for the MTC was ‘to become a world-class global research facility: making the future through transformational manufacturing technology development.’ This would require significant commitment from industry, excellent facilities, access to state-of-the-art equipment, machinery and technology and, most importantly, high calibre people committed to improving the competitiveness of UK manufacturing. Industrial input would be vital to success, and the significant commitment and support from the first three industrial members: Rolls-Royce, Aero Engines Control and Airbus was instrumental in the design and direction of the MTC.
We have a clear vision - to inspire Great British manufacturing, on the global stage.
Only 5 years after we opened, we now employ more than 400 staff, have over 85 industrial members and operate in sectors as diverse as automotive, aerospace, rail, informatics, food & drink, construction/ civil engineering, electronics, oil & gas and defence.
Strategically, we will continually work to:
Accelerate the UK's industrial growth
Change the way businesses compete
Create and embed skills
Maximise synergies within supply chains
From encouraging young people into careers in engineering, to developing the technologies that will impact industry for years to come, our focus is to deliver integrated manufacturing systems solutions in an agile environment in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions.
Our world-class, state-of-the-art facilities provide an unparalleled environment for the development and demonstration of new technologies on an industrial scale, offering flexibility to our growing membership, clients and research partners.
- March 2016
Ansty Park, Coventry, CV7 9JU
Tel: 024 7670 1600