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British manufacturing gets £22m boost

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has today awarded a £22.1m grant to a consortium led by global engineering and construction company Laing O’Rourke.

Administered by Finance Birmingham, funding of £22m under the Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) will help support research and development, investment in new manufacturing facilities and training for the advanced manufacturing of homes, buildings and infrastructure.

It is estimated that over 600 new jobs and as many as a further 1,000 across the diverse supply chain will be created through the grant, helping to address the housing capacity gap of between 60,000 and 100,000 homes annually.

Business secretary Vince Cable said: “To meet urgent demand for new affordable homes, the construction industry must embrace new technologies and techniques – and our support will help them do this more quickly.

“This reflects the long-term commitment of our industrial strategy to modernising British manufacturing.”

Keith Thompson, director of sales and marketing for Hamworthy Heating, one of the 22 consortium partners, said: “This is bringing the supply chain together in a collaborative way and will result in enormous gas, carbon and energy savings. Our commercial boiler applications will bring benefits to the plant room for larger projects, such as district heating.

“As a British manufacturer, we are delighted to have been selected as one of the ‘best in class’ partners and get jobs back in the UK.”.

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