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Sun January 17 2021

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Skanska joins manufacturing catapult

11 Jan 17 Skanska UK has joined the Manufacturing Technology Centre to pool its research and development and learn from others.

The Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry
The Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is a government-backed organisation that develops and proves innovative manufacturing processes and technologies in an agile, low risk environment.

The MTC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult which is supported by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board).  It creates an environment for the development and demonstration of new processes and technologies on an industrial scale.

Skanska said that its membership would enable the further development of new technologies, some of which are already being trialled at the MTC. It will also support the opportunity to collaborate with clients and supply chain partners.

Mike Putnam, president and CEO of 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.

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“We have invested consistently in R&D and digital engineering over many years, and we’re fantastically excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”

MTC strategic development director Neil Rawlinson 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.”

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.

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