The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre


InformationThe University of Sheffield AMRC builds on the success of the world-leading Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing by developing a cluster of industry-focused manufacturing R&D centres and supporting facilities.

EFM's Estates & Capital development and Property & Business Services both have ongoing projects at the AMRC in various forms.

The University of Sheffield AMRC includes:

AMRC with Boeing

Yellow bullet pointEstablished in 2001, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing is a world-class centre for innovative research. The AMRC with Boeing focuses on advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors. All research is led by industrial partners, ensuring that work provides lasting value.

The AMRC with Boeing has over 70 member companies, from global aerospace giants to local small businesses; and employs over 200 people, from apprentices to PhDs. It has received numerous awards, including Boeing Supplier of the Year 2010.

The AMRC with Boeing is based in two purpose-built factory-scale facilities on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Catcliffe, including the recently extended Factory of the Future. The original AMRC building has been expanded and redeveloped to create a new Design Prototyping and Testing Centre.

Nuclear AMRC

Yellow bullet pointEstablished in 2009, the Nuclear AMRC is applying the AMRC model of collaborative research to the nuclear supply chain. It combines university innovation and industry expertise to help UK manufacturers win work in civil nuclear and other innovative energy technologies.

It works with companies to develop new technical capabilities and innovative manufacturing techniques, and helps manufacturers enter and compete in the civil nuclear supply chain.

The Nuclear AMRC has over 40 member companies, including reactor providers Areva and Westinghouse and leading suppliers such as Rolls-Royce and Sheffield Forgemasters.

It is based in a new research factory on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, with additional laboratory facilities within The University of Manchester Dalton Nuclear Institute.

AMRC Training Centre

Yellow bullet pointThe AMRC Training Centre provides the practical and theoretical skills that manufacturing companies need to compete globally, from apprenticeship through to doctorate and MBA level.

The Training Centre focuses on high-level apprentice training for sectors such as aerospace, energy and automotive, and takes 250 apprentices a year on behalf of local companies. It is based in a new 5000 sq m building next to the AMRC campus.

Castings Technology International

Yellow bullet pointCTI is a world-leading provider of technology, expertise and services to the cast metals sector. It joined AMRC in August 2013, adding new breadth and depth to the University's collaborative R&D capabilities, and allowing the AMRC centres to offer state-of-the-art castings technologies to their industrial partners.

AMRC Namtec

Yellow bullet pointEstablished in 2002, the National Metals Technology Centre (Namtec) provides a range of consultancy services to the UK metals manufacturing supply chain. It joined AMRC in 2012 to help promote innovation and improve competitiveness among UK manufacturers.

AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre

Yellow bullet pointOpened in early 2012, the AMRC Diamond Jubilee Knowledge Transfer Centre (KTC) provides dedicated meeting and conference facilities to help us share our expertise with manufacturers.

The eye-catching building offers highly flexible meeting space, equipped with the latest presentation and networking technology, and can host conferences of up to 270 people.

The AMRC with Boeing and Nuclear AMRC are both part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a consortium of seven leading manufacturing and process research centres backed by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board).

AMRC is led by a board comprising senior internal officers and external appointees. Professor Keith Ridgway CBE is Executive Dean and Director.

AMRC developments are supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

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