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£9.5 Million Programme to Encourage Manufacturing Innovation Awarded to University of Warwick

The University of Warwick has been awarded almost £10 million to develop partnerships with industry to encourage the development of innovative new products and processes in health care and eco-friendly vehicles.

The Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (WIMRC) has been given £9.5 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to support innovative research projects over the next five years. The Centre will focus its work on encouraging innovation in the areas of healthcare and intelligent and eco-friendly vehicles. These are crucial areas for the UK economy and particularly for the UK manufacturing sector and they will have significant impact on our daily lives.

Dr Ken Young, Director of WIMRC says 'It is important that our work is directly relevant to the UK population and to companies operating in the UK. We need to be solving not only their current problems but also the problems that they will face over the next twenty years. This award enables us do that and also demonstrates great confidence in our research team.'

The research carried out at the University of Warwick over the next five years will address issues of concern both in the NHS and in industry and the Centre's core mission is to transfer that innovative research into industry. Centre Research Manager, Dr Nick Mallinson, would be delighted to talk to any companies interested in hearing more about how the Centre can benefit them. Nick can be reached on 024 7657 2696 and Dr Ken Young (Director) on 02476 522764.

Note for editors: More information on the work of the centre is available from their web site at http://go.warwick.ac.uk/wimrc.

For further information please contact:

Peter Dunn, Press and Media Relations Manager,
University of Warwick Tel: 024 76 523708
or 07767 655860 email: p.j.dunn@warwick.ac.uk


PR73 PJD 16th October 2006