Nikken Kosakuso Europe has opened a new £4m demonstration and customer support centre on the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), with plans in place to invest a further £3m on a second phase of development by the middle of 2017.
The company, which specialises in high accuracy tooling solutions, rotary tables and high precision setting and optimisation technologies for machine tools, 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 the Nikken Innovation Centre Europe which is home to advanced equipment to help companies become more competitive by increasing production rates and quality while reducing costs.
The new development is Nikken’s first research and development facility outside Japan and will complement facilities at the neighbouring AMRC. It will also be the headquarters 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.
“Our partnership with the AMRC is a marriage made in heaven,” said Tony Bowkett, group managing of Nikken Kosakuso Europe.
“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 ten over the next five years.”
AMRC commercial director Adrian Allen added: “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.”