“Unbeatable” – HiETA Technology Centre Impresses its Audience
“The new Technology Centre gives HiETA full control over the means of production. Their specialist expertise in additive manufacturing will now become unbeatable.”
Robin Wilson, Lead Technologist for High-Value Manufacturing at Innovate UK, summed up the response to the Technology Centre when it was officially opened last Friday by Chris Skidmore, MP for Kingwood, in front of an invited audience of 60 of HiETA’s collaborators, clients, partners, and suppliers.
Mike Adams, CEO of HiETA began proceedings with a quick history of HiETA featuring coffee shop meetings and creative thinking. He celebrated HiETA’s dramatic development from a single desk at Bristol & Bath Science Park to the 24 strong team representing the company now. Mr. Wilson and Neil Mantle, Steering Group Chairman of the UK National Strategy for Additive Manufacturing, then outlined the importance of AM to the UK’s manufacturing strategy. The event concluded with managed tours around the facility.
Chris Skidmore MP, member for Kingswood, recognised HiETA’s importance in the South West. He said, “As the local MP I am honoured to open HiETA’s new Technology Centre. The West of England is paving the way in science, engineering, and technology and today’s opening at Bristol & Bath Science Park highlights a great example of this. High-value manufacturing is a real growth sector and I will do everything I can to bolster this activity and ensure that we have the correct infrastructure to support it”.
Mike Adams, CEO of HiETA, added, “ We are very proud of the progress that HiETA has made over the last 3 years and hugely grateful to the partners and clients who have shared the journey with us. HiETA began its life as a conversation in a coffee shop. If you add to that initiative an entrepreneurial spirit, a technically gifted team and an inspiring technology you have every chance of creating real change in the way that the UK looks at manufacturing”.