North Wales Advanced Manufacturing and Research Institute receives planning permission
To be located in Broughton, North Wales, the institute...
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.
Canoo Awards Manufacturing Contract to VDL Nedcar
Canoo, a trailblazing company in the electric vehicle (EVs) manufacturing industry, has officially announced owned and contract manufacturing plans that will ensure the company manages to deliver on its promise to consumers of production and delivery of vehicles in Q4, 2022.
During the company’s first Investor Relations Day, Chairman & CEO of Canoo, Tony Aquila, named VDL Nedcar as its contract manufacturing partner. VDL Nedcar, which I’m sure many of you will already have heard of, is the only independent Vehicle Contract Manufacturer in the Netherlands and has enjoyed fifty years of growth under owners, including Mitsubishi Motors and Volvo cars. According to the report, Nedcar will manufacture the Lifestyle Vehicle for the United States and European Union markets, while Canoo builds a US-based mega micro-factory.
"We conducted an exhaustive search, invested significant amounts of time and resources that span the globe, in our search for our Phase 1 contract manufacturer. VDL Nedcar is the right partner," said Tony Aquila, Investor, Chairman and CEO of Canoo, Inc. "They are the top trusted European manufacturer building high-quality products for leading OEMs, and they significantly outcompeted the other contenders. VDL is also independently owned by the van der Leegte family of entrepreneurs - which aligns with our commitment to support businesses that form the backbone of communities. This strategic partnership will enable us to deliver vehicles to market while we build our Phase 2 factory in Oklahoma. It also strongly positions us for geographic expansion in Europe and builds a lasting relationship with VDL Groep of companies. Our investment will help us scale quickly and fulfil our mission to bring affordable, purpose-built EVs to Everyone."
Canoo and VDL have already gotten to work on vehicle manufacturability and production planning so that Canoo can successfully lay the groundwork for its upcoming US manufacturing operations expansion, which will be completed in Oklahoma in 2022. The Nedcar facility currently expected to produce around 1000 units for both the US and European markets in 2022, with an additional 15000 targeted for the following year.
"Canoo's bold approach to designing and building electric vehicles makes them an ideal partner as we work together to shape the future of mobility," said John van Soerland, CEO of VDL Nedcar. "This partnership advances our strategic vision to provide a contract manufacturing solution and expand our expertise in the EV arena."
Currently, Canoo is entering its GAMMA phase of development and is on track to start production soon. The company intends and expects to launch its Lifestyle Vehicle in Q4 2022, closely followed by the Multi-Purpose Delivery Vehicle and Pickup Truck.
Watch this space.