The University of Nottingham has today unveiled a new research centre offering the expertise to help manufacturing companies develop their business.
The centre's scientists and engineers will help manufacturers who don't have the cutting-edge technology to build and test products, or lack the technological know-how to overcome a problem in production.
David Willets, the Universities Minister, will officially open the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing this afternoon.
Micromesh Engineering, which makes filters in Basford in Nottingham, already has a good working relationship with the University, and has benefited from its hi-tech facilities.
Engineers on the campus tested new valves for a heat shield which the company produced for North Sea oil rigs.
They have also carried out tests for the firm which were only possible using the university's powerful electron microscopes.
Company chairman, Bob Underwood, told ITV Central:
Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, said: