MTC is a £40.55 million investment by Advantage West Midlands and the East Midlands Development Agency to create a world-class manufacturing research centre.
There are four initial research partners:
- University of Birmingham
- The University of Nottingham
- Loughborough University
- TWI Limited
There are also 3 founding industry members:
- Airbus UK
- Aero Engine Controls
The centre will concentrate on assembly, fabrication and joining technologies, and act as a bridge between university development and testing work and full production business.
The MTC supports manufacturing businesses in their pursuit of world-class performance. The MTC has been developed in response to the Government's manufacturing strategy, 'Manufacturing: New Challenges, New Opportunities', published in September 2008.
This Strategy sets out an ambitious new vision for a globally competitive manufacturing sector that leads the world in capturing higher value components of the global value chain, whilst consolidating areas of existing comparative advantage, including activities within high technology manufacturing.
The MTC also links strongly into the report recently completed by Dr. Herman Hauser entitled "The Current and Future Role of Technology and Innovation Centres in the UK".