Huge cash windfall for Ansty Park

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THE MANUFACTURING Technology Centre in Ansty will receive a share of £200 million from the government as part of a scheme to help manufacturers.

Cllr Heather Timms, the borough councillor responsible for the economy, described it as “a welcome investment for an excellent facility”.

The site at Ansty will be part of the new ‘Technology and Innovation Centre’, which will be spread across a range of research and technology facilities across the country.

The new centre will involve all forms of manufacturing using metals and composite materials, in addition to process manufacturing technologies and bio-processing.

It will also draw on university research to help find commercial use for new manufacturing technologies.

Cllr Timms said: “This is welcome investment in a superb facility within the borough of Rugby. Rugby Borough Council has worked very hard to attract high value manufacturing businesses to the borough and it is great to see that foresight win the backing of the Government.”

The centre is based at Ansty Park, a complex of manufacturing firms created by Marconi in the late 1990s.

It hosted the research and development centre of mobile phone company Ericsson until last year.