The Advanced Manufacturing and Research Institute has received the green light for construction.
To be located in Broughton, North Wales, the institute will work on sectors within advanced manufacturing, such as aerospace, automotive, nuclear, and food.
The site is anticipated to be operational by summer 2019, and the Welsh Government expect it to generate £4bn (US$5.5bn) for the welsh economy over a period of 20 years.
The government aims for the facility to enable further growth in North Wales’ supply chain, enhancing the Northern Powerhouse.
“I am delighted that planning permission has now been granted for the Broughton site of our new Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute,” commented Ken Skates, Welsh Economy Secretary.
“This means that work can continue at pace on a project which will maximize economic opportunities in the region and has the potential to increase Wales’ GVA by as much as £4bn over 20 years.”
“In order to compete globally, Wales must remain competitive. As set out in our Economic Action Plan this means adapting to modern techniques and understanding the potential opportunities offered by collaboration and changes in economy such as the fourth industrial revolution.”
The first member of the facility has been confirmed as Airbus, the aircraft manufacturer based in France.
“The approval is fantastic news not only for Airbus and aerospace but other industries such as automotive,” said Paul McKinlay, Senior Vice President of Airbus and Head of the Broughton Plant.
“The Institute will give a huge boost to the competitiveness of the advanced manufacturing supply chain in Wales and I am delighted Airbus is part of this exciting journey from the very start.”
“I’m looking forward to seeing new technologies and techniques being developed under the AMRI roof and the major benefits they will bring.”
Following the granting of planning permission, the appointment of a contractor is being conducted.