It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the official opening of the Advanced Metal Processing Centre (AMPC) and the Constellium R&D Centre for Automotive Structures and Industry on the Advanced Light Metals Research Park at Brunel. The opening takes place from 10.30am in the Eastern Gateway Building on Wednesday 13th of June, and will be attended by over 200 people from business, academia, the professions, funding agencies, the local community and the media.
The AMPC has been established with £15 million funding from the HEFCE UKRPIF initiative to provide solutions to the light-weighting challenges of the automotive industry. Our new world class facility includes industrial scale metal casting and processing facilities to enable industry to develop and trial innovative light alloys and components for automotive applications, as well as advanced instruments for component testing and performance evaluation and state-of-the-art facilities for process modelling and simulation.
The UKRPIF funding has attracted over £60 million in co-investment from our industrial partners, including Jaguar Land Rover and Constellium, which will enable us to facilitate collaborative research programmes over the next 10 years to address industrial and environmental challenges, such as carbon emission reductions in the automotive sector through light-weighting of vehicles and upcycling of secondary alloys. The AMPC complements our facilities in the Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC) which was supported by EPSRC funding and opened in April 2016 and has already proven enormously successful as a national asset for the automotive sector, supporting major multi million pound projects with OEMs including JLR and Nissan, and their suppliers.
Join us on June 13 and learn more about the AMPC’s core objectives and mission for the next 10 years – and beyond! Hear from key speakers from Government, funding bodies and industry representatives, including our key partner Constellium who will launch the Constellium Automotive R&D Centre; visit our new word-class specialist kit (featuring a new Forming Laboratory with freeform bending equipment, electro-magnetic pulse welding equipment, cold metal transfer welding and flow-drill fasten – and much more!); an impressive display of components; and, importantly, meet our BCAST researchers to discuss how you can work with us in the future! You will also have the opportunity to learn more about our research at the poster displays over a networking lunch.
Please put this date in your diary a; more details of the programme will follow shortly.
It promises to be a very special event!
Professor Julia Buckingham
Vice Chancellor and President
Brunel University London
For enquiries, please contact BCAST@brunel.ac.uk