There’s good news for international co-operation in advanced manufacturing today, as the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) signs an important strategic partnership with Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR).

The MTC – part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult – aims to increase research, technology and skills transfers between the UK and Ireland through this bilateral deal. It will strengthen ties between the two research centres and promote mutual understanding in sectoral research across borders.

Pictured: Ambassador Adrian O'Neill, Ambassador of Ireland to the United Kingdom, IMR chairman Dr Will Barton OBE, Dr Clive Hickman, chief executive of the MTC and the British Ambassador to Ireland, Robin Barnett CMG

Dr Clive Hickman, MTC chief executive, said of the partnership:

 “At a time when there is some uncertainty surrounding the future of the UK’s international relationships, I see the formalising of our relationship with IMR as an important step in ensuring that our respective economies can continue to compete on the world stage when it comes to our manufacturing industries.

The exchange of knowledge, information and experiences between UK and Irish institutions, departments, researchers and companies can only benefit both nations, and I look forward to pooling knowledge and capability on areas of mutual interest. By working together we can add real value to our areas of research and development and our projects to help our respective industries manage their digital transformation and the introduction of advanced manufacturing technologies and processes.”

IMR chairman Dr Will Barton OBE added:

“This strategic partnership is of significant importance to IMR. We intend to work with the MTC on research fields which are of mutual interest including digital transformation and additive manufacturing, and training and education to support innovation in these areas. We also look forward to working with the MTC in joint research projects on a bilateral and international level.”

In these uncertain times it makes sense to exploit our geographical proximity, common language and cultural approach to our mutual advantage in the development and commercialisation of novel technologies and the capabilities to operate these.”

Drawing from strong foundations in universities and major global manufacturing, the MTC bridges the gap between research and innovative manufacturing solutions.

Find out more about the MTC here.