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Glyndŵr University strengthens green transport links with Russia


10 May 2011

Glyndŵr University is strengthening its links with Russia through its research into building greener, more fuel-efficient air travel.

The university welcomed counterparts from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University to Wrexham for an international conference on the use of advanced composite materials in air travel.

The event, held at the Catrin Finch Centre on the university campus was inspired by the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first man to fly into space.

Glyndŵr University is leading the way in Wales with its research into composite materials – a key component in developing the next generation of aircraft and spacecraft – with its Advanced Composite Training and Development Centre in Broughton.

Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, said: “It’s only a few weeks since I had the great privilege of visiting Moscow Bauman State University of Technology and it’s wonderful to welcome them here to Wrexham.

“Both universities are committed to working together and taking knowledge forward. We are on the verge of a complete change in air travel and space travel and it’s fitting that two universities with a long history of work in this field should come together to advance knowledge of composite materials.”

The result of a groundbreaking partnership between Glyndŵr University, Airbus, Deeside College and the Welsh Assembly Government, the Advanced Composite Training and Development Centre in Broughton launched in October 2010. It will help thousands of Airbus employees and apprentices to develop their composite manufacturing skills and marked a further step for Glyndŵr University as an indispensible expert partner for industry in north Wales.

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