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leaves a tight timeline for companies to get

to a position where they are able to compete

for work," it was told.

That means Tier 2 and 3 companies must

act quickly for Hinkley, but with more new

builds on the way, including Moorside,

interested engineering companies still have

time to prepare.

It is accepted that there are some products

and technologies that the UK may not be able

to supply. This makes it all the more important

to focus on UK businesses being competitive

in those areas where they can supply.

Looking ahead, the supply chain work will

become more specific, and energy developers are

being pressed to be clear about

gaps in the supply chain, and what they

require in terms of quality and price.

Suppliers, the meeting was told, should not

hold back on this - greater transparency is

needed now.

A key area discussed was that SMEs face "a

"step change" if they are to get more involved

in the supply chain. In some industries, mutual

self-help partnerships have been formed to

enable a share of knowledge and best practice among SMEs. This could enable them to

address specific supply problems. GTMA

as an organisation is one of those committed

to this approach.

At the same time, manufacturing expertise is

being supported by initiatives including the

Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research

Centre (Nuclear AMRC), a collaboration

between academic and industrial partners

from across the nuclear supply chain.


Core research areas include Machine tool

optimisation and process development:

Robotic machining; Large-scale welding and

cladding using robotics and adaptive control;

Production-scale demonstrators for

innovative technologies and processes; Non

destructive evaluation; Large-scale metrology; Virtual

simulation and design for manufacturing and assembly.

Its mission is to work with companies to develop world-leading manufacturing processes


technologies to take UK suppliers forward into

a bright and prosperous nuclear future.





Also see: Nuclear Decommissioning

Authority, NSA Nuclear Manufacturing (skills) and NIA (page


ge xx).



Above, courtesy Westinghouse, night time simulation of the AP1000 pressurised

water reactor,

three of which are planned at Moorside, West

Cumbria, Europe's largest new nuclear development, and, opposite

page, top, a Flamanville

3-dome being lifted into place on an EDF Energy

reactor building.

The other two photos highlight the UK's nuclear

decommissioning sub-sector. Top, this page, courtesy

the National Nuclear laboratory,, and opposite,

courtesy Sellafield who are both involved in

DISTINCTIVE, the research programme which is

focussing on the challenges of the nuclear legacy

(see page 50).

To complement this, NIA

announced at the end of 2013 a

new partnership involving developers, the supply chain and

Government to maximise opportunities for SMEs, initially in the UK

market, but also as a basis for

export opportunities in the future.

The developers wish to be as transparent

as practical on the nature of

opportunities, and requirements to

win orders, and the group will provide a

forum with SMEs to help them understand

the route to winning business.

and is being developed with Government,

leading trade body the Nuclear Industry

Association (NIA), nuclear companies, the

National Skills Academy for Nuclear and

other bodies.

SC@nuclear is a central port of call to help

strengthen and promote UK companies and

actions have included nationwide supply

chain workshops and two Essential Guides

to Nuclear Supply Chain publications, which

deal with areas including Procurement

Routes and, for Tier 3 and Tier 4 companies,

Quality Arrangements for different types of

components and services.


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