Metals specialists join Strathclyde R and D centre

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Strathclyde University has recruited two leading producers of speciality metals to help establish the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), a purpose-built centre close to Glasgow airport that will research metals manufacturing for the aerospace, energy, marine and automotive industries.

The companies ' US-based Titanium Metals Corp (TIMET) and France's Aubert & Duval ' have joined Scottish Enterprise, Rolls-Royce, Boeing and Mettis Aerospace as founding partners on the multi-million pound research centre, which will open later this year. Its goal is to develop new technologies in metal forming and forging to improve the efficiency of components for aircraft, automotive and marine projects.

The AFRC research programme started last year and will move to the new research centre once building work is complete. The university said it also hopes to attract companies in the areas of medical devices, power generation and renewable energy technology onto the project, which it claimed could be worth '30m by 2014.

'We expect other Scottish universities to be involved in the strategic research programmes,' said Professor Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathclyde. He added that as well as core research in collaboration with its lead members, the centre would undertake further research commissioned by companies around the globe.

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