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2000 - Manufacturing Engineering Centre

Professor Duc Pham

Professor Duc Pham

Based in the School of Engineering, the Manufacturing Engineering Centre was established in 1996, winning the 2000 Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of its contribution to the economy.

Specifically, the Prize was awarded for the Centre’s innovative approach to creating an exceptional programme of support for firms using its research expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and practical technology transfer.

The MEC is seen as an exemplar of how a university can meet the diverse needs of small and medium enterprises as well as larger industrial concerns. Since its inception, the Centre has increased industrial competitiveness, created or safeguarded some hundreds of local industrial jobs and contributed strongly to regional regeneration.

Its achievements have included:

Since winning the Prize, MEC has gone onto set up a £7.5 million facility, MicroBridge, to enable engineers to produce microscopic components for industry and will enable precision engineers in manufacturing to work to the same micro-scales as those in electronics.