Collaboration unveiled in boost to Welsh agri-food economy

June 2023 | Rural policy, Featured

Lesley Griffiths, Welsh Government Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd visited Grŵp Llandrillo Menai recently to launch a partnership between Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and AMRC Cymru, aimed at transforming the rural economy by developing skills and exploring new technologies for the agri-food sector.

This partnership is linked to the Glynllifon Rural Economy Hub, whose purpose is to create a world-class agri-food workforce with the highest levels of environmental standards.

AMRC Cymru, managed by the University of Sheffield and a member of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult, is part of a cluster of world-class centres for industry-focused research and development of technologies used in high-value manufacturing sectors. It has a global reputation for helping companies overcome manufacturing problems and has become a model for collaborative research involving universities, academics and industry worldwide.

Its £20m state-of-the-art centre funded by the Welsh Government focuses on advanced manufacturing sectors including aerospace, automotive, nuclear and food in the key research areas of future propulsion, sustainability and digital manufacturing.

Grŵp Llandrillo is set to work closely with AMRC Cymru on high-level knowledge transfer projects aimed at creating a highly skilled professional workforce across the supply chain that increase competitiveness and capitalise on commercial opportunities resulting in jobs and investment across the region.

The agreement includes a collaboration linked to the North Wales Growth Deal project – the proposed Glynllifon Rural Economy Hub – and represents a significant investment into the future economic prosperity of the north Wales economy.

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