Mitsubishi Materials Group has become the latest member to join the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.
The subsidiary of the Japanese multinational manufactures high-end cutting tools, and will use AFRC as a test facility to develop new products and production processes for industries including oil and gas, aerospace and automotive. According to the AFRC, the agreement will also allow Mitsubishi to trial its cutting tools in Britain, and give the company better access to UK markets.
“It’s great to work with a business that places such an emphasis on its customers and has a strong commitment to manufacturing R&D,” said Lynne O’Hare, commercial team lead at the AFRC. “The company fits perfectly with the values of the AFRC.”
“Throughout this new partnership, we’ll be working with Mitsubishi to develop new, innovative machining solutions – products and services that can be used to solve real industry problems. Training from the company’s experts will also be invaluable in helping our machining team to create fresh machining strategies and reinvent best practice.”
Alex Saboulis, northern regional sales manager for Mitsubishi UK, added: “This is an exciting new venture for both parties. The benefit of joining the AFRC can only strengthen our knowledge and add to the capabilities of our cutting tools. This in turn provides the AFRC with benefits that can be passed on to industry, especially when combined with the latest machining strategies that they are working on with other tier partners.”