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ITP Aero launches Laser Welding partnership project thanks to £1.5m Government grant


ITP Aero is celebrating after being awarded £1.5m in Government funding to support its three-year Laser Welding research and development project in collaboration with the Manufacturing Technology Centre and the University of Nottingham.

The three-year project, known as LADDER (Laser Automation and Design Development for future Engine Requirements) will see a total investment of £2.59m, both from ITP Aero itself and the Government’s Innovation Funding Service. This significant milestone reflects ITP Aero and the Government’s shared commitment to investing in technology across the East Midlands.

ITP Aero is delighted to be working in partnership with two of its research partners, the Manufacturing and Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry, and the Solid Mechanics team at the University of Nottingham. Both partners bring world-class expertise to bear on this project, in which the aim is to develop and implement an innovative laser beam welding (LBW) solution, as a robust joining technology for complex sheet-metal aeroengine fabrications. This is already a key area of expertise for ITP Aero, where it has world leading design, manufacture and in-service support capabilities

Rob Mitchell, Head of Engineering for ITP Aero UK said: “This is a real milestone for us in ITP Aero UK. We are a young company in the UK, but a site with a huge amount of aerospace heritage. This is our first stand-alone project where we have sought and secured Government funding and underlines our commitment to invest in the UK in line with our research priorities. I am delighted we are able to work closely with our partners in the MTC and University of Nottingham to develop this industry leading capability in the UK.”

Matthew Kite, Director of Power and Energy, Industrial Sector at the MTC, said: “After a long association with ITP Aero’s Hucknall site, it is a real pleasure to accompany them on the next stage of their new journey, whilst also having the opportunity to work closely with the University of Nottingham, one of our founding partners. With our extensive experience in laser-based collaborative projects in the Aerospace sector, combined with ITP Aero’s commitment to the adoption of new technologies in this area, we have a real opportunity to boost the UK’s expertise.”

Prof Chris Bennett, Professor of Solid Mechanics and Director of the Institute for Aerospace Technology, added: “This is an exciting opportunity to work with a company with a growing presence in the Aerospace sector in the UK and globally. This project builds on existing strengths and a history at Nottingham in the field of welding modelling, while being at the cutting edge of Aerospace manufacture and allowing us to consider some of the challenges associated with the production of real components.”


Louis Trollope
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