Engineering - A French Connection
Released: Friday 7th December 2018 at 14:44
A French delegation, led by the Mayor of Saint-Nazaire, has visited the University of Sunderland’s advanced manufacturing and engineering facilities as part of a city-wide tour.
This year, Sunderland and Saint Nazaire celebrate the 65th anniversary of the twinning relationship between the two cities. And as part of the long-standing friendship agreement, our university has been hosting summer exchange placements with Polytechnic Nantes for the last 10 years.
The most recent exchange saw three students from Nantes - Maxime Damy, Gregory Liset and Simon Troadec - undertake their three-month work placement with Sunderland’s Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP), developing a range of Industry 4.0 (the Fourth Industrial Revolution) applications covering sensor technology, collaborative robots and developing engineering training scenarios on Virtual Reality systems.
During his visit, The Mayor David Samzun toured AMAP and saw first-hand some of the technologies the placement students work on. The tour included the new facilities currently being installed to support the Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing (SAM) Project that is working to help local SME manufacturers embrace innovation in product and process technologies.