NIP advanced manufacturing and materials seminar

16 January 2019, AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre.

The Nuclear AMRC invites you to explore the latest cutting-edge research into manufacturing techniques and materials for a new generation of nuclear power.

The UK Nuclear Innovation Programme (NIP) is supported by industry, academia and research centres, and backed by government. It involves a series of collaborative projects, led by leading UK companies and research centres, to deliver the most innovative solutions to meet the needs of the UK nuclear industry in six broad areas.

This exclusive seminar features presentations from projects in the advanced manufacturing and materials area. Topics range from nano–structured metals which could extend the life of reactors, to integrated tooling and intelligent fixturing which could halve the cost of producing large assemblies.

This industry-focused seminar is open to Nuclear AMRC members, F4N-granted manufacturers, and industry and research partners. Download the flyer for more details, including a draft agenda.

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Advanced cooling forum

15 January 2019, AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre.

The Nuclear AMRC invites you to explore the state of the art in supercritical carbon dioxide coolant in advanced machining for the most demanding industries and applications.

The Nuclear AMRC is leading research into supercritical CO2 cooling for challenging machining tasks, and combining it with minimum quantity lubricant (MQL) techniques for optimum performance. The technology has been shown to reduce tool wear compared to traditional oil-based coolants, but needs further R&D to optimise cutting conditions for the most demanding tasks.

This one-day forum will bring together industrial users with researchers to discuss the opportunities and challenges of CO2 coolants, and share the latest research and best practice. Download the flyer for more details, including a draft agenda.

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TotalDecom supply chain networking

20 November 2018, AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre.

The Nuclear AMRC is teaming up with TotalDecom to offer the perfect platform for manufacturers to network with supply chains which seek their skills and expertise.

TotalDecom supports collaboration and the cross-fertilisation of knowledge, innovation and skills across all sectors faced with a decommissioning responsibility – including nuclear, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, renewables, defence and space – with webinars and events across the year.

This supply chain networking event will be a great opportunity for manufacturers to:

  • Learn –about what’s going on across the decommissioning industries , new innovations and technology in the nuclear supply chain, and where there might be potential to win new business.
  • Connect –the supply chain exhibition will provide a fantastic networking opportunity, bringing together organisations actively looking to solve some of the world’s most difficult technical challenges  with the businesses that can.
  • Do business – pitch your company to influential organisations with our one-to-one appointment slots.
  • Diversify –many of the skills and expertise required to decommission an asset safely, cost effectively and with minimal impact on the environment are remarkably similar across all sectors – learn about how you can take your skills & expertise into new and exciting areas.

For more information and to register, go to TotalDecom Supply Chain Networking Event.

DIT Civil Nuclear Showcase 2019

26–27 February 2019, London.

The UK’s Department for International Trade presents the Civil Nuclear Showcase 2019.

With an established reputation in the civil nuclear calendar, the DIT Civil Nuclear Showcase provides a unique opportunity to network with a diverse mix of senior delegates from the UK and across the globe, including China, France, Japan and the US. At a time of significant challenge and opportunity, with the nuclear sector deal in play, and exit from the European Union fast approaching, this flagship event is not to be missed.

Delegates will be able to hear from an array of speakers including project owners, developers, procurement bodies, policy makers and the supply chain from the UK and around the world; and take part in national break-outs to explore export and collaboration.

For more information, download the flyer (pdf) or email:

Conference focuses on commercialising small reactors

Around 200 industry experts attended the UK’s first government-backed conference to explore the investment opportunities of small nuclear reactors.

The Commercialisation of small reactors in the UK event was organised by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and held at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry on 6 November. It brought together experts from across the finance, nuclear, construction and manufacturing sectors to explore taking small and advanced reactors from concept to construction.

In a presentation to the conference, nuclear energy minister Richard Harrington announced the next steps in government support for small and advanced modular reactors as part of the nuclear sector deal.

The £32 million advanced manufacturing and construction programme, which will aim to kickstart the supply chain for small nuclear projects, will be launched before the end of the year. Companies will be able to bid for funding to try out new technologies and techniques associated with new reactors and iron out any flaws with demonstration models, before they start producing at scale.

The programme is intended to support a number of representative-scale build projects using factory-build techniques, modular and advanced construction processes, digital engineering and other methods. These collaborative projects will bring together the industry’s top tier with manufacturers, universities and specialist research centres, with the results fed through the UK supply chain. Research will be targeted at technologies and components which offer the greatest value for UK manufacturing, with companies working with the nuclear regulators to ensure that new processes and products meet regulatory requirements.

Harrington also announced that developers of small and advanced modular reactors would be invited to submit their design proposals to the UK regulators in the new year. Any new designs will have to pass the generic design assessment (GDA) process operated by the Office for Nuclear Regulation and Environment Agency, which allows a reactor design to be built at multiple sites in the UK.

“Hosting this first ever conference, bringing together more than 200 influencers from across the industry, demonstrates our commitment to enhancing our world-leading nuclear sector,” Harrington said. “Increasing competitiveness both nationally and regionally in the sector is part of our modern Industrial Strategy, and this summit could help UK industry seize the global challenge of taking this new generation of new nuclear power from concept to construction.”

Speakers at the conference included Nuclear AMRC programme director Jay Shaw, who presented alongside MTC director Neil Rawlinson on how manufacturing innovation can be best applied to the small reactor market.

The event included a showcase of relevant manufacturing technologies, including prototype pressure vessel sections produced by the Nuclear AMRC as part of a collaborative project with the US Electric Power Research Institite. Parts on show included a pressure vessel section joined by electron beam welding in two hours, compared to some 10 days using conventional submerged arc welding techniques; and a pressure vessel head partially clad using advanced diode laser technology.

“The advanced manufacturing technologies we’re developing at the Nuclear AMRC will play a vital role in ensuring that new reactor designs are manufactured to cost and schedule, enabling the UK to take a global lead in commercialising small reactors, with huge opportunities for companies across the country,” commented Andrew Storer, Nuclear AMRC chief executive officer. “We’re already working with around 1,000 manufacturers across the UK to help them compete in the worldwide nuclear sector, and we welcome the Government’s continuing support for the new generation of clean affordable power.”

The event followed a visit from business secretary Greg Clark to the Nuclear AMRC on 25 October, where he met apprentices and staff developing cutting-edge technology for SMR production.

Business secretary hails new generation of power

Business secretary Greg Clark MP visited the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to see the centre’s work in supporting the next generation of nuclear power and delivering the nuclear sector deal.

During a tour of the Nuclear AMRC workshop, Clark saw a range of advanced machining, joining and robotic technologies which can significantly increase productivity in the manufacture of a new generation of small and advanced modular reactors.

“This cutting-edge facility in Sheffield is pioneering innovative nuclear technology of the future, as the UK continues to seize the opportunities of moving to a greener, cleaner economy through our modern industrial strategy,” Clark said.

“The UK was the first domestic nuclear power country in the world and this government commissioned the first new nuclear power station in over a generation. The development of small modular reactors as part of our landmark £200 million nuclear sector deal could unlock more jobs and more local growth.”

Published in June, the nuclear sector deal supports a variety of initiatives to create a more competitive supply chain, using advanced manufacturing technologies to win work in the UK and worldwide. In return for funding support of up to £200 million total, the industry has committed to significantly reducing costs in nuclear new build and decommissioning, and growing the pool of skilled employees by improving gender diversity.

During his visit on 25 October, Clark was shown workpieces from an ongoing project to reduce production time for a small modular reactor pressure vessel. These include pressure vessel sections (above) which have been joined by electron beam welding, a technique highlighted in the sector deal as offering significant productivity and quality improvements by reducing weld cycle times from days to hours.

“The Nuclear AMRC is playing a vital role in delivering advanced manufacturing techniques and developing the supply chain for the nuclear industry,” commented chief executive officer Andrew Storer. “I was delighted to show the Secretary of State some of our world-leading capabilities for industry-led research and development, which are part of the key to achieving the ambitious targets of winning work in the UK and overseas in the nuclear sector deal.”

Clark and Storer also discussed the centre’s work to improve the competitiveness of the UK supply chain, including proposals to expand and develop the established Fit For Nuclear (F4N) programme. Around 1,000 companies have already engaged with the programme, with 145 now granted F4N status after driving business improvements with support from the Nuclear AMRC.

An expanded national supply chain development programme, backed by the nuclear sector deal and linked to advanced manufacturing and construction R&D, could create or sustain up to 12,500 jobs and up to £2 billion domestic and international contract wins by 2030.

“Our supply chain development programme has already helped hundreds of companies become more competitive, and we’re planning to expand that to help even more companies win work in nuclear,” Storer noted.

Clark also met some of the centre’s young engineers and apprentices during his visit.

“Diversity is a really important and provides confidence that we are developing scientists and manufacturers for the future,” Storer said. “I was really pleased to introduce our apprentices and allow them to explain what they aspire to become.”

NDA Estate Supply Chain Event

Thursday 1 November, Manchester.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and its site licence companies present their eighth annual supply chain event.

The 2018 NDA estate supply chain event aims to highlight opportunities along the supply chain, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses, and will include presentations from the NDA, site licence companies and key government speakers.

The Nuclear AMRC will be exhibiting on stand P12, with our business development team and Fit For Nuclear industrial advisors on hand to discuss how we can help you achieve your ambitions.

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Last year’s showcase event attracted around 1,600 delegates, providing opportunities to network with more than 300 exhibiting companies. The event also aims to attract new businesses, particularly SMEs, to the nuclear decommissioning sector.

Registration is free. For more information, go to:

See our nuclear decommissioning intelligence page for more information on the opportunities for manufacturers.

DIT nuclear events

October 2018.

The Department for International Trade is inviting UK manufacturers to join a series of upcoming nuclear industry events and missions. The events offer a great way to find out more about export opportunities and make new contacts in key nuclear markets across Europe.

The events include:

Click the links to download full information from DIT.


Disk laser cell open day

2 October 2018, Rotherham.

The Nuclear AMRC, Cyan Tec Systems and Trumpf invite industry to discover the latest advances in welding technology and explore a state-of-the-art 16kW laser cell.

The Nuclear AMRC is leading research in high-performance welding techniques for the most demanding industries. The centre recently invested in a 16kW disk laser system designed and built by Loughborough-based Cyan Tec Systems, a robotic and laser specialist providing advanced manufacturing systems across a diverse range of high-tech sectors including nuclear, aerospace and automotive.

The system includes a high-tech Trumpf 16kW solid state disk laser, which minimises heat distortion and thermal stress to achieve high-quality welds for stainless steel, aluminium, titanium and alloy products. The Cyan Tec laser cell at the Nuclear AMRC is now driving forward advanced welding applications in industries including nuclear, marine and aerospace.

The open day offers the opportunity to learn about the latest advanced welding techniques, talk to Cyan Tec engineers and Nuclear AMRC researchers, and see the disk laser cell in action.

This event onTuesday 2 October is designed for manufacturers who are considering incorporating advanced laser solutions into production lines, as well as nuclear decommissioning organisations who could benefit from the latest advances in laser technology.

The open day is free to attend for relevant businesses, but numbers are limited. Please register now for either the morning session (9.30–12.30) or afternoon session (1–3.30) to ensure your place.

Rahul enters Great British Bake Off

An engineering researcher at the Nuclear AMRC is taking part in The Great British Bake Off.

Dr Rahul Mandal, a research associate specialising in light-based measurement of engineered components, started baking cakes for colleagues at the Nuclear AMRC only two years ago. He is now a contestant in the 2018 series of the hit baking competition, broadcast on Channel 4 from 28 August.

Born in India, Rahul came to the UK in 2010 on a scholarship to study for his PhD in optical metrology at Loughborough University. He joined the Nuclear AMRC in 2015, to develop innovative automated techniques for inspecting components for any contamination or flaw. “It’s all about measuring things with light,” he says.

Rahul has expanded his research skills, and now works with other light-based measurement technologies including confocal microscopy and interferometry for weld inspection.