Advanced engineering research centres join McLaren and Boeing opening new facilities at the AMRC
These new centres confirm the Sheffield City Region as a leading hub for advanced engineering, expanding engineering capabilities in advanced manufacturing and industrial digital technologies thanks to a £47-million-pound development part-funded by European Regional Development Fund, UK Research and Innovation and the University of Sheffield.
The Royce Translational Centre
Royce@Sheffield - is a ‘spoke’ of the Henry Royce Institute focussing on developing benefits to industry in the field of Advanced Metal Processing.
The Laboratory for Verification and Validation
The LVV will be home to research into the optimal design and operation of advanced engineering structures when exposed to real-world vibration and environmental conditions.
The Integrated Civil and Infrastructure Research Centre
The ICAIR seeks to apply world leading research to the construction and infrastructure sectors, with the goal of delivering step changes in productivity and resilience.
Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP and Mayor of the Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis MP were present to open the new facilities.
Alumnus and Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP, said:
“These three new research centres will boost the reputation of the Northern Powerhouse for being the world-leader in cutting-edge research, innovation and advanced engineering. Each centre will build upon the UK’s scientific research leadership to equip industry in these key priorities of the Government’s Industrial Strategy so that we have a high-skilled, high-tech, high-performance economy which is fit for the future.”
Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said:
“The University of Sheffield is renowned for its excellence in engineering and advanced manufacturing. I know the opening of these new engineering centres is not just great news for the University, but for the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, the Sheffield City Region, and the wider Northern Powerhouse.”
These new research centres joined the newly opened McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) which was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last month. The £50 million MCTC will build carbon fibre chassis for McLaren’s new models from 2020 - creating around 200 jobs and providing an estimated £100 million of GVA (gross value added) benefit to the local economy by 2028.
The launch of the MCTC comes three weeks after aerospace giant Boeing (which helped found the AMRC in partnership with the University back in 2001) opened its first European production facility next to the AMRC. Boeing Sheffield is a direct result of this longstanding and successful relationship with the AMRC and its world-class research and development.
The company has also initiated a major new research programme with the AMRC to develop new manufacturing techniques that can be applied to the new Boeing Sheffield facility.
Jenette Ramos, Boeing Senior Vice President of Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Operations, said:
“In Boeing Sheffield, we are building on longstanding relationships and the region’s manufacturing expertise to enhance our production system and continue to connect, protect, explore and inspire aerospace innovation.”
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