A new senior management team has been appointed to lead the Manufacturing Technology Centre, near Coventry.
Dr Clive Hickman and Ken Young take up the role of chief executive and technical director respectively of the centre, which is currently under construction at Ansty Park.
The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is a collaboration between academia, research organisations and industry.
Funded by Advantage West Midlands and the East Midlands Development Agency, it aims to bridge the gap between knowledge and cutting-edge, competitive manufacturing.
Alex Stephenson CBE, first chairman of regional development agency Advantage West Midlands and current Pro Chancellor at Birmingham City University, will also be on board as a non-executive director of the MTC.
Dr Hickman is currently head of engineering at Tata Motors, running Tata’s Warwick University-based European technical centre.
Ken Young is director of Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre where he has been based for the past 20 years. He takes up his new role at the MTC in January 2011.
Alex Stephenson has more than 40 years experience in manufacturing and design having held executive posts at Perkins Engines, BMW/Rover and most recently Alstom Transport as engineering and safety director.
The three experts join Terry Morgan CBE, chairman of Crossrail, who was recently appointed as new chairman of the MTC.
Dr Hickman said: “Great Britain needs a strong manufacturing base to remain competitive internationally.
“The MTC has the potential to deliver a sustainable competitive advantage for UK-based manufacturing companies. The challenge is irresistible.”
Ken Young said: “The MTC is crucial to the future prosperity of the UK.
“Manufacturers need to be at the forefront of production technology in order to have a competitive advantage and maintain their ability to create wealth in the UK.
“Access to facilities like the MTC is vital to support industry in developing their manufacturing processes and creating world class capability.”
Terry Morgan said: “Much of my working life has been involved in manufacturing and I care passionately about the contribution that manufacturing should bring to the UK economy.
“The MTC can help develop a more competitive manufacturing capability in the UK at a time it needs it most.
“The MTC is a centre of excellence to bridge the gap between the capabilities of universities and applications that industry can use.
“This is a unique opportunity I want to contribute to.”
Mick Laverty, chief executive of Advantage West Midlands, said: “The new MTC senior management team is set to lead projects that will bridge that vital gap between knowledge and cutting edge, competitive production.
“The MTC is just the type of facility that will be essential for the future growth of the region’s economy.”