Advanced nuclear manufacturing & materials funding

Thursday 8 December, Birmingham.

Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network invite you to find out more about accessing £5 million of funding for advanced nuclear manufacturing and materials research.

As part of a £20 million nuclear R&D programme, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will invest up to £5 million in projects to develop innovative manufacturing and materials technologies for the civil nuclear sector. The competition aims to establish an innovative R&D technologies and skills for materials and manufacturing which will support a strong UK nuclear supply chain.

This event will be an opportunity to hear about the funding competition and identify potential research partners. Organisations will be invited to pitch on their offering and what they are seeking from partners.

Dorries VTL

Proposals should address one of the following themes (with allocated budgets):

  • Nuclear structural materials (£1.5 million).
  • Mechanisation and automation of component manufacture (£1.9 million).
  • Large-scale component manufacture and assembly (£1.1 million).
  • Prefabricated module development and verification (£200,000).
  • Design codes and standards (£300,000).

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition run in partnership with Innovate UK. It is open to organisations of all sizes. For detailed information, see SBRI funding competition: advanced nuclear manufacturing and materials.

For more information about the information day and to register, go to the KTN event page.


Cryogenic machining forum

Thursday 1 December 2016, Nuclear AMRC.

The Nuclear AMRC invites you to explore the state of the art in cryogenic and near-cryogenic machining processes for the most demanding industries.

cryo machining

Cryogenic cooling uses extremely cold gas or liquid to control the heat generated during machining. It can improve machining efficiency and increase tool life while minimising the risk of component failure.

Ultracold nitrogen or carbon dioxide can replace conventional oil-based coolants for many applications, and can potentially benefit processes which are usually run dry. They can reduce surface residual stress and thermal damage, and improve surface roughness. They can also reduce the need to clean components during production, reduce waste, and cut the environmental impact of machining.

Discover how innovative research is helping to bring cryogenic processes to market, see them in action on production-scale machines, and find out how your business could benefit from these exciting new technologies.

For more information including agenda, download the flyer.

To register, go to:


Nuclear 2016

1 December 2016, London.

The Nuclear Industry Association’s annual conference, Nuclear 2016, will bring together speakers from all parts of the nuclear industry to discuss key developments in 2016 and look ahead to 2017.

NIA Nuclear2016

With keynote speakers and sessions focusing on nuclear new build, decommissioning, small modular reactors (SMRs), export opportunities and more, the conference offers unrivalled access to the sector’s senior leaders – including Mike Tynan, Nuclear AMRC CEO, who will talk abut the manufacturing challenges and opportunities of SMR development.

For full details and to register, go to:



F4N: nuclear strategy

27 October 2016, Nuclear AMRC; 1 November 2016, West Bromwich.

In the first of a new series of introductory workshops, the Nuclear AMRC’s Fit For Nuclear team will help manufacturers get to grips with nuclear strategy and deployment.

F4N skyline

Breaking into the nuclear sector demands vision and commitment from every part of your business. This workshop will give you a clear understanding of the opportunities in the nuclear supply chain, and the practical tools you will need to engage your staff through strategic thinking and policy deployment.

The half-day event will help you understand:

  • What support is available through the Fit For Nuclear programme, and whether F4N is right for your business.
  • How to identify and close any gaps in your capabilities or performance, to meet nuclear industry requirements.
  • Why you need a strategic approach to business improvement for nuclear.
  • How to link your strategic vision to effective deployment tools to engage all your operational staff.

The workshop is designed for senior directors who want to better understand how they can win work in nuclear, and need to share their vision with the people who will deliver it. It’s also a great opportunity to meet our nuclear specialists and industrial advisors; learn more about the F4N programme; and gain a deeper understanding of strategic planning and deployment for business excellence.

For more information, download the flyer, or register at:

Please note the change of date for the South Yorkshire event – now on 27 October.

We’ll be holding additional events and workshops for new-to-nuclear companies around the UK over the next year. For more information about events in your region, contact:

Delivering success together

Thursday 3 November, Manchester.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and its site licence companies present their sixth supply chain event.

The 2016 NDA estate supply chain event, Delivering success together, aims to highlight opportunities along the supply chain, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses, and will include presentations from the NDA, site licence companies and key government speakers.

The day also includes technology demonstrators, opportunities to meet buyers from across the NDA estate and MOD, and awards presentations.

Registration is free. For more information, go to:

The Nuclear AMRC will be exhibiting at stand A11 – drop by for an informal chat about how we can help you develop your manufacturing capabilities and nuclear readiness. If you’d like to arrange a meeting, please contact our decommissioning lead Jack Hardy:

See our nuclear decommissioning intelligence page for more information on the opportunities for manufacturers.

NuScale UK supplier day

Wednesday 13 July, Nuclear AMRC.

Small modular reactor developer NuScale Power is holding a supplier day, hosted by the Nuclear AMRC, to give UK-based nuclear engineering, manufacturing and construction companies the opportunity to meet NuScale representatives and learn about the company’s programme of work. The event forms part of a long-term objective to build NuScale’s UK supply chain in preparation for potential deployment in the UK market.

US-based NuScale is keen to develop lasting relationships with UK-based suppliers, small and large, from straight supply to build-to-print to strategic partnerships. Potential suppliers are invited to participate in this day of presentations, workshops and one-to-one meetings designed to inform them of the company’s plans for the UK market and how they can become involved in NuScale’s programme.

Speakers include key members of the NuScale executive team, as well as Fluor Limited, Ultra Electronics and the Nuclear AMRC.

For more information or to register your interest, contact

NuScale cutaway



Masterclass in mechanised TIG welding and cladding

8 & 9 June, Nuclear AMRC.

Welding specialist Polysoude, a Tier Two member of the Nuclear AMRC, presents a masterclass in mechanised TIG welding and cladding, with live demonstrations on production-scale equipment in the Nuclear AMRC workshop.


Polysoude new

Each day includes:

  • Live demonstrations of mechanised welding and cladding solutions, including narrow groove and TIGer technology.
  • Live demonstrations of orbital welding applications with equipment for tube-to-tube and tube-to-tubesheet welding.
  • Presentations by leading industry experts.

For more information and to register, go to:


Nuclear Decommissioning Europe

31 May–1 June, Manchester.

An international conference on the challenges of nuclear decommissioning, from Nuclear Energy Insider. Now in its seventh year, the Nuclear Decommissioning Conference is the industry’s leading event for the global nuclear decommissioning industry consistently bringing together over 250 nuclear decommissioning and waste management experts.

Sellafield site

NDC2016 will highlight the lessons learned and key strategic thinking behind the industry’s current and future nuclear decommissioning projects:

  • Understand how the transition from operations to decommissioning will be affected by safety culture, timeline and resourcing challenges.
  • Take lessons learned from current decommissioning sites including the common challenges faced within European gas-graphite reactors.
  • Develop strategies for back-end cost cutting including fleet wide decommissioning programmes, implementing new technologies and cost estimation techniques.
  • Address the socio-political, regulatory and technical issues facing nuclear waste management and spent fuel from both decommissioning and operational activities.
  • Ensure business development success by getting the latest on future opportunities across the NDA estate and European decommissioning markets.

Speakers include Nuclear AMRC business development manager Jack Hardy.

For more information and to register:

Manufactured Yorkshire

11 May 2016, Leeds.

Manufactured Yorkshire

The Nuclear AMRC is proud to sponsor this exclusive event for manufacturers based in the Yorkshire & Humber region.

The one-day conference and exhibition includes meet-the-buyer opportunities and seminars from industry experts, including the Nuclear AMRC’s Jay Shaw on disruptive technologies for small to medium-sized manufacturers.

For more information and to register, go to:

Collaboration Nation: nuclear innovation showcase

16 March 2016, Manchester.

Innovate UK, in partnership with DECC, EPSRC and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), present a showcase for collaborative R&D projects and feasibility studies funded between 2012-14.

The event will showcase around 40 projects, most of which have now finished, with key outputs to share with companies along the civil nuclear supply chain – including a visualisation study led by EDF Energy and the Nuclear AMRC.

For more information and to register, go to: