New to nuclear

Wednesday 18 February, Derby.

F4N newsThe Nuclear AMRC and Manufacturing Advisory Service present an introduction to manufacturing opportunities in the civil nuclear sector, including details of how companies can access support and funding through the Fit For Nuclear programme.

In the latest of a series of regional briefings, Nuclear AMRC and MAS experts will explain how manufacturing SMEs can measure their capabilities and performance against the requirements of the civil nuclear sector, and access grant funding to help them close any gaps and enhance their competitiveness.

For more information and to register, visit the MAS events page.

Upcoming F4N briefings include:

  • 24 February, Bristol/Bath.
  • 4 March, Ashford, Kent.
  • 5 March, Telford.
  • 18 March, Stockton upon Tees.
  • 19 March, Warrington.
  • 25 March, Abingdon.

For more information, contact fitfornuclear@mymas.org

F4N launches £1.5 million funding call

A £1.5 million support boost has been unveiled to help English manufacturers enter or expand their presence in the growing nuclear sector.

F4N target newsFit For Nuclear (F4N) is offering grants of around £10,000 to manufacturers in England that want to meet industry standards and compete for work in civil nuclear. F4N was developed by the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) and is delivered in partnership with the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), now part of the Business Growth Service. The expanded programme including funding is supported by the Regional Growth Fund.

More than 5000 SMEs are needed to supply goods and services to the UK’s £60 billion civil nuclear new build programme and the continuing multi-billion pound decommissioning programme.

“Smaller manufacturers have a vital role to play in civil nuclear, if they can meet the standards demanded by the industry’s top tier,” said Mike Tynan, chief executive of the Nuclear AMRC.

“To win work, UK companies need to make sure they have the ability to meet safety, quality and cost standards, and can demonstrate that their specialist capabilities can deliver value to clients.

“We created Fit For Nuclear to help manufacturers close any gaps in performance, and this new funding will provide vital support for anyone taking the next steps and getting ready to compete for nuclear opportunities.”

The new F4N funding will allow management teams to drive business improvements in areas such as improved manufacturing processes, factory layout, bid writing, training plans and strategy.

Manufacturers can also apply for F4N funding to support R&D projects to optimise production or develop new processes and products, and can also access the Nuclear AMRC’s world-leading workshop capabilities in machining, welding, metrology and design support.

All projects must be completed by 31 March 2016, with firms urged to apply as soon as possible to secure a share of the funding.

“Almost 200 businesses have already embarked on Fit For Nuclear and more than 75 per cent of these have recorded immediate tangible bottom-line benefits,” explained Steven Barr, head of MAS.

“This is just the start and the current funding call will look to accelerate the number of companies getting involved. Nuclear is seen as a difficult sector to break into. Yes, requirements are different, but it’s not as problematic as some people make out.”

“F4N can take you throughout the entire journey, from the online capability check and on-site assessment, through to the generation of an action plan and a 50 per cent grant towards improvement or R&D projects.

“We’ve successfully worked with manufacturers involved in aerospace, automotive, electronics, marine and general fabrication, taking their core expertise and making them applicable to nuclear.”

The UK is leading the way in researching the challenges and opportunities posed by decommissioning, currently working on 17 sites dating back as far as the 1940s.

Going forward, the industry has outlined plans to construct around 16GW of new nuclear power stations in the UK by 2030, equating to a potential investment of £60 billion.

Backed by top tier partners including Areva and EDF Energy, Fit For Nuclear will give manufacturers a clearer understanding of supplier expectations, performance benchmarks, clarity on routes to market, and access to the unique manufacturing R&D capabilities of the Nuclear AMRC in Sheffield.

Barr continued: “Any English manufacturer employing 10 or more people and boasting over £1.6 million sales can apply to the new funding call.

“All they need to do is get in touch and one of our assessors will guide them on the application and a quick decision will be made to ensure companies have the best possible chance of taking advantage of the £60 billion-plus opportunity.”

 

UKTI civil nuclear energy showcase 2015

27-29 January 2015, London.

UKTI nuclearUK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) present the fourth Civil Nuclear Energy Showcase, a unique opportunity to meet senior international decision makers from key overseas nuclear markets representing government, utilities, nuclear vendors and industry.

Over 20 countries are likely to be represented including Bulgaria, China, France, India, Japan, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, USA and Vietnam.

The showcase event will include a seminar programme covering UK capability across the nuclear life cycle – including a presentation by Nuclear AMRC senior business development manager Peter Handley. Delegates will be able to learn about overseas nuclear projects and develop new international contacts through a series of market briefings and one-to-one meetings.

For more information, go to UKTI Civil Nuclear Energy Showcase 2015.

F4N breakfast briefing

Wednesday 21 January, Stanstead.

F4N newsThe Nuclear AMRC and Manufacturing Advisory Service present a short introduction to the Fit For Nuclear programme.

In the latest of a series of regional briefings, Nuclear AMRC and MAS experts will explain how manufacturing SMEs can measure their capabilities and performance against the requirements of the civil nuclear sector, and access grant funding to help them close any gaps and enhance their competitiveness.

For more information and to register, visit the MAS events page.

Upcoming F4N briefings include:

  • 18 February, Derby.
  • 24 February, Bristol/Bath.
  • 18 March, Stockton.

For more information, contact fitfornuclear@mymas.org