CenFRA gets funding

The centre of robotic and automation excellence CenFRA has secured funding from Yorkshire Forward until at least March 2011.

As a result, the Doncaster-based organisation is now in a position to implement its new business plan, formulated to help achieve self-sufficiency as early as autumn next year.

CenFRA MD Steve Blayze said he was "thrilled" by Yorkshire Forward's decision to continue investing in the enterprise, and added: "We have been overwhelmed by the support received from both Yorkshire Forward and Members of Parliament, who have expressed their belief in the CenFRA initiative and the vital role it plays in helping ensure the long-term sustainability of the UK food and drink manufacturing sector.

"We are confident that we will not only meet our chief business objectives, but also strengthen our relationships with customers, suppliers and academic links."

David Marlow, Yorkshire Forward project manager for business improvement, added: "Yorkshire Forward is committed to supporting innovation and strongly believes that the manufacturing sector is the foundation to a strong economy. Yorkshire Forward is delighted that it has been able to continue to support CenFRA in its vital role in helping food manufacturing companies remain competitive and successful."

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