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Cosworth reveals programme to create Centre of Excellence for niche manufacturing

Performance engineering and manufacturing group, Cosworth, has revealed details of a collaborative R&D programme, which will create a Centre of Excellence for niche volume manufacturing at its Northampton campus. Cosworth will be the lead partner in the programme, which will apply best of breed informatics systems from Flexeye, and world class research from Cranfield University, to address challenges in flexible manufacturing, intelligent quality assurance and supply chain management.

Supported by a grant from the UK Government's Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI), the programme will form a key component in Cosworth's strategy to develop world-leading flexible manufacturing systems to deliver the next generation of automotive internal combustion engines.

Hal Reisiger, Cosworth CEO said: "With Automotive Propulsion a key component of the UK's industrial growth strategy, we welcome the forward thinking of BIS and AMSCI in supporting Cosworth's long-term structured investment in the Technology, Manufacturing and Skills needed to establish our new facility in Northampton. Cosworth's position as an independent high performance engineering and manufacturing business enables us to work with a range of automotive vehicle manufacturers and technology partners.

"We believe that creating this Centre of Excellence will benefit both our automotive customers by enabling cost effective production of more advanced engine designs in smaller quantities, and the wider manufacturing supply chain that we rely on in the UK - creating jobs and securing industry investment in the process."

Professor Ashutosh Tiwari, professor of manufacturing informatics at Cranfield University said: "Cosworth's new engine manufacturing facility in the UK, that will house some of the most advanced technologies, will be supported by the world-leading Manufacturing Informatics research expertise at Cranfield University. We will develop novel assembly optimisation algorithms and supply chain modelling/visualisation techniques to enable flexible manufacturing at Cosworth using latest informatics technologies."

Justin Anderson, CEO of Flexeye said: "Cosworth is a great British manufacturer that we are very excited to be supporting with their advanced, flexible manufacturing processes. Flexeye will leverage the latest technologies in the Internet of Things combined with big data to support a state of the art Quality Management System to optimize the process"

Will Searle, managing director of Axillium Research, said: "Axillium Research is delighted to support Cosworth in the development of this high-performance Centre of Excellence in the heart of the UK. Our own growth is supported by Cosworth's Jubilee programme and our research and innovation team are working directly with the partners to bring the project to life. I'm very proud of everyone's role in the project and look forward to supporting the Centre in creating jobs and bringing technological innovation from motorsport into the mainstream automotive industry."

Sophie Peachey, director of insight and innovation at Axillium Research, said: "I'm delighted that Cosworth's extraordinary skillset will drive manufacturing growth in the Midlands, and I'm very proud that my team will support these astonishing designers, technologists and manufacturing engineers in establishing a Centre of Excellence that will generate skills and create jobs for the next generation of engineers leaving our Universities and University Technical Colleges."

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