Skanska UK has joined the Manufacturing Technology Centre- on of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres with a clear commitment to developing new technologies that will benefit the construction industry.
The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), which develops and proves innovative manufacturing processes and technologies in a low risk environment, will play a key role in supporting Skanska meet the targets set out in the Construction 2025 industrial strategy.
The MTC, based in Coventry, will draw on its expertise that has already enhanced a number of industrial sectors in the UK, including aerospace and automotive, to bring significant benefits to the construction industry.
Skanska UK’s membership will enable the further development of new technologies, some of which are already being trialled at the MTC. It will also support the opportunity to work in collaborative teams, with clients and supply chain partners.
Mike Putnam, president and CEO, Skanska UK said: “Skanska UK’s membership of the MTC supports our aim to be a leader in the development of new technology, which can benefit the whole industry.
“We are committed to delivering the targets set in the Construction 2025 industrial strategy. This means that we all need to find smarter and more effective ways of working.
“Through the MTC, we will be able to develop new technologies, with the support of engineering experts and thinking from other leading global organisations. As a member of the Construction Leadership Council we see this as a big opportunity to collaborate with our clients and supply chain partners, to help upskill the whole industry.
“We have invested consistently in R&D and digital engineering over many years, and we’re fantastically excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”
The MTC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult which is supported by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board).
Neil Rawlinson, strategic development director at the MTC, said: “We welcome Skanska as a member and their commitment to drive new technology in the construction industry.
“The construction sector is primed to benefit from new technologies such as automation (robotics), virtual reality visualisation and additive manufacturing, which will enhance global players like Skanska through to SMEs in the supply chain.
“This partnership will be a significant game changer not only for the construction industry but also for the MTC as we are poised to launch a high-profile campaign within the construction and infrastructure sectors that will illustrate the range of technologies and the impact they can have.
“We look forward to working with Skanska over the coming years and introducing new technologies for the benefit of upskilling the entire industry.”
*Robert Francis, Skanska’s director of industrialised solutions, adds the company to the MTC member wall.
The MTC’s members include global manufacturing companies from multiple sectors. Research partners include the University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham, Loughborough University and TWI Ltd.