Nikken opens £4m Sheffield hub

Nikken opens £4m Sheffield hub

A global manufacturer with roots stretching back to Rotherham has opened a new £4m hub at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

Nikken Kosakuso Europe was one of the first partners to back the embryonic AMRC when it was established at the start of the new Millennium.

Now, it has opened its new demonstration and customer support centre to help companies become more competitive by increasing production rates and quality while reducing costs.

A total of £4m has been invested in the new development and the company plans to invest a further £3m on a second phase of development by the middle of 2017.

The development is Nikken’s first research and development facility outside Japan and will complement facilities at the neighbouring AMRC.

Tony Bowkett, group managing director of Nikken Kosakuso Europe, said: “Our partnership with the AMRC is a marriage made in heaven.

“We have been part of the AMRC from the outset. We share the same philosophy and the cross fertilisation between the two organisations is fantastic.

“We have a great collaboration and the AMRC is training our four apprentices, whose numbers we hope to increase to 10 over the next five years.”

The hub will also be the HQ for Nikken’s UK operations and seven subsidiaries stretching from France to Sweden and Germany to Turkey and South Africa, which support customers in 28 different countries.

AMRC commercial director, Adrian Allen OBE, added: “We are pleased, proud and privileged to be associated with Nikken Kosakuso Europe – a business which Tony started in Rotherham and which is continuing to grow.

“His investment strategy broadens the scope of both our organisations to help manufactures increase competitiveness by taking advantage of the latest technologies, techniques and research.

“In addition to having customers in sectors like aerospace and space exploration, motorsport – including, Formula 1 – rail, offshore wind power and medical equipment, where we are also active, Nikken also supplies sectors where we don’t have a presence.

“We look forward to continuing to help each other’s clients.”