MetLase showcases engineering innovation to Business Secretary

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid, came to Rotherham’s Advanced Manufacturing Park on Thursday (18 May 2016) and visited MetLase – a joint venture between two of Britain’s leading companies, Rolls-Royce and Unipart – to see the company’s innovative technology in action.

Mr Javid was able to see first-hand how the speed, accuracy and flexibility of the MetLase approach is helping businesses to boost productivity in research, development and manufacturing.

Using world-class engineers, MetLase is able to deliver engineering solutions to complex issues where precision and speed are critical. Starting with understanding the customer’s needs and finishing with a solution, tooling and component parts are designed, cut and assembled in-house, using high precision laser-cutting technology, combined with patented assembly and joining systems.

This unique process delivers cost-effective finished products in days that would normally take weeks or months, bringing products to market faster and saving costs, all with levels of accuracy previously seen only in the aerospace industry.

John Neill explained: “Productivity improvement is one of the biggest challenges facing British industry which means increasing output with fewer resources. The speed, accuracy and flexibility of the MetLase approach, supported by patented technologies and highly skilled engineers is helping businesses across the UK bring products to market faster than ever before.”

Business Secretary, Sajid Javid said: “South Yorkshire has long been synonymous with manufacturing. This new building will be a welcome addition to the next generation of advanced manufacturing and technology innovators in the Northern Powerhouse.

“Companies here like MetLase are inventing, designing, developing and manufacturing products and technologies years ahead of their time, giving them a vital role in the region’s growth and the UK economy.The company are keeping jobs in Britain with 30 new technical engineering jobs being created by MetLase in the next two years.”

The business has just moved into a new purpose-built facility on the Advanced Manufacturing Park near Rotherham, providing both a first-class work environment for the existing team and the space to deliver the forecast growth in the business.

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