Manufacturers invited to share in growth

Manufacturing companies can now apply to join a new support programme to help them compete for work in the civil nuclear industry.

The £76 million civil nuclear Sharing in Growth programme aims to develop the UK manufacturing supply chain and help UK companies win work in nuclear programmes – including new build, operations and decommissioning – at home and overseas.

The civil nuclear Sharing in Growth programme is part-funded by government through the Regional Growth Fund, and led by the Nuclear AMRC with support from Rolls-Royce and other industry leaders.

UK manufacturers of mechanical equipment can now apply to join a four-year programme of business development and training as part of the civil nuclear Sharing in Growth. The support will be tailored to the needs of the participating companies, and will be worth around £1 million per project.

Companies can find out more about the programme and download an application form at: namrc.co.uk/work-with-us/sig

Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, programme director at the Nuclear AMRC, says: “The nuclear sector provides huge opportunities for UK manufacturing companies, and the Nuclear AMRC is dedicated to helping them become suppliers of choice to the global nuclear industry.

“Sharing in Growth is a flagship programme which allows us and our industrial partners to work with the most promising suppliers, and prepare them to compete and succeed at home and worldwide. I would encourage any manufacturer who is serious about the sector to apply.”

Business and energy minister Michael Fallon says: “Our nuclear industrial strategy set out how, working with industry, we would capitalise on the significant growth opportunities for the sector. This RGF-funded programme is a good example of how we can work together to sharpen our competitive advantages and grasp this unique opportunity to create jobs. It builds on earlier support provided by Government for the Nuclear AMRC – a centre of manufacturing excellence.

“Our decommissioning, operation and maintenance and new build programmes can provide the platform from which to showcase the industry’s qualities and capabilities to the rest of the world. 65 reactor units are currently under construction around the world, and current proposals indicate a total of 317 new reactors coming on line by 2030. The global decommissioning market is estimated to be worth £250 billion over the same period.”

Support provided under the civil nuclear Sharing in Growth programme will include shopfloor manufacturing improvement, process improvement, leadership development and specific nuclear sector knowledge. Support will continue for four years, ensuring that it delivers sustainable benefits.

To be considered for the first round, applications must be received by 10am, Monday 15 July.