University of Sheffield's AMRC named Boeing Supplier of the Year at global awards ceremony

  • Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) recognised at Boeing's Supplier of the Year Awards
  • The AMRC was honoured in the Innovation category of Boeing's annual Supplier of the Year awards in Dallas, Texas
  • It's the second time the AMRC has been honoured, previously receiving an award in 2011 in the best International (Technology) category

Boeing 777

The University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) received international recognition for its outstanding research and development as it was named a Supplier of the Year by The Boeing Company at an awards ceremony in the USA last night (12 April 2017).

The AMRC, which was co-founded with Boeing 16 years ago, was honoured in the Innovation category of the company's annual Supplier of the Year awards, acknowledging its instrumental role in the introduction of new products that meet Boeing’s current and future business needs.

Yesterday, the AMRC was the only British company to be honoured alongside 12 other business from across the world at an awards ceremony in Dallas, Texas, which recognised the distinguished performance of the winners and the value they create amongst Boeing's thousands of suppliers.

Boeing's success is a testament to the partnerships we hold with the finest aerospace suppliers in the world such as the AMRC.

Kent Fisher, Boeing's Leader for Enterprise Supplier Management

The AMRC has a global reputation as a centre of excellence for manufacturing research and leading the way in innovative engineering. This second award is a testament to the strong performance of the AMRC and its long-standing collaboration with Boeing.

It is the second time the AMRC has received global recognition from Boeing since becoming the first British company to win the accolade in the International (Technology) category in 2011. That award celebrated the AMRC's role in allowing Boeing to meet and exceed the expectations of its customers by developing new technologies and processes for machining high-performance metal alloys used in aerospace.

Professor Keith Ridgway, Executive Dean of the AMRC, said: "It is a great honour for the AMRC to be recognised for a second time under Boeing's Supplier of the Year Award scheme.

"The award is a tribute to the hard work and talent of the AMRC engineers who develop and introduce the manufacturing technologies and processes that keep companies like Boeing – and the UK manufacturing sector – competitive in a global market."

Last month Boeing announced it will open a new manufacturing facility alongside the AMRC in Sheffield, which will enable the company to bring the manufacture of key high-tech actuation components and systems used in Boeing's Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX and 777 aircraft in-house, enhancing production efficiency and reducing costs.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, added: "It is a great honour for the University of Sheffield AMRC with Boeing to once again be named Boeing Supplier of the Year.

The award is a tribute to the hard work and talent of the AMRC engineers.

Professor Keith Ridgway, Executive Dean of the AMRC

"The award is a tribute to the hard work and talent of the AMRC engineers who develop and introduce the manufacturing technologies and processes that keep companies like Boeing – and the UK manufacturing sector – competitive in a global market."

"We are deeply proud of the vision and talent of our engineers who have a global reputation for advanced manufacturing research which works directly with industry in ways which transform business, create jobs and strengthen our economy.

"It is increasingly clear that what has been achieved here in Sheffield and Rotherham is unique, not only in the UK but globally. This work was the reason Boeing decided to open its first production facility in Europe to work with us and we will be working with the company in the US too, creating wealth and opportunity in both nations.

"Truly it is an inspirational partnership going from strength to strength."

Boeing's Leader for Enterprise Supplier Management, Kent Fisher, said: "Boeing's success is a testament to the partnerships we hold with the finest aerospace suppliers in the world such as the AMRC. Together we will continue to deliver affordable, technologically advanced products and services that give our customers a competitive edge."

Boeing ceremony

From left to right: Kent Fisher, Vice-President of Supplier Management – Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Enterprise Supplier Management Leader; Adrian Allen, AMRC Commercial Director; Paul Pasquier, Vice-President of Supplier Management – Engineering Test & Technology; Chris Ridgway, AMRC Office Manager; Keith Ridgway, AMRC Executive Dean; John Baragwanath, AMRC Executive Director; Carol Baragwanath; Delores Alexander, Vice-President of Supplier Management – Shared Service Group; Jody Franich, Vice-President of Suppler Management – Boeing Global Services; Karl Jeppesen, Vice-President of Supplier Management – Boeing Defense, Space & Security

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Boeing to open manufacturing facility alongside Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

The University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre's (AMRC) co-founder Boeing is to open a brand new manufacturing facility alongside the AMRC in Sheffield.

The facility, to be named Boeing Sheffield, will enable Boeing to bring the manufacture of key high-tech actuation components and systems used in Boeing’s Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX and 777 aircraft in-house.

Boeing arrives in Sheffield

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About the AMRC with Boeing

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing is a world-class centre for research into advanced manufacturing technologies used in the aerospace, automotive, medical and other high-value manufacturing sectors.

The AMRC has previously been recognised as Boeing Supplier of the Year. It has a global reputation for helping companies overcome manufacturing problems and is a model for collaborative research involving universities, academics and industry worldwide. Combining state of the art technologies with the AMRC’s expertise in design and prototyping, machining, casting, welding, additive manufacturing, composites and structural testing, has created a manufacturing resource far beyond anything previously available in the UK.

The AMRC Training Centre also trains over 550 advanced manufacturing apprentices - using insight from industry and state-of-the-art machinery and technology. The AMRC is a member of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a consortium of leading manufacturing and process research centres, backed by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

University of Sheffield

With almost 27,000 of the brightest students from over 140 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

Sheffield is the only university to feature in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2017 and was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education in 2014. In the last decade it has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

Sheffield has six Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline, Siemens and Airbus, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

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