This follows news that the company will receive £1 million funding through Round 6 of the UK government’s Regional Growth Fund.
CTruk says that the project will create over 120 new jobs over the next few years, including the provision of training skills for 15 new apprentices.
It will allow CTruk to build larger workboats for wind farms to be installed further offshore, as well as educate the next generation of modern boat-builders and facilitate diversification into other commercial marine sectors. CTruk also plans to use its composite expertise for non-marine manufacturing at the center in the longer term future.
‘We are delighted that our project has been selected and wholeheartedly thank all of those who supported the bid,’ said CTruk chairman Pete McIntosh. ‘It is our intention to continue driving UK innovation in marine vessel design and to remain competitive in a changing market. The Advanced Composite Technology Centre will enable us to diversify and grow sustainably, meeting our aspiration to be more than boat builders.’