Ricardo and AMRC sign MoU as work starts on powertrain electrification projects

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global engineering company Ricardo.

As global specialists in transport, security, energy, scarce resources and waste, Ricardo has extensive experience of working within a variety of ground transportation sectors, such as automotive, commercial and industrial vehicles, motorsport, motorcycles and rail.

The AMRC aims to develop innovative products and manufacturing methods for the automotive and vehicle production industry that will increase capacity, capability and competitiveness for UK companies. The group’s longer term goal is to maintain the UK automotive industry as a world leader in advanced low emission powertrain and vehicle production.

The MoU builds on a relationship between the AMRC and Ricardo, which started with Ricardo sponsoring a programme of doctoral students supported by the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Engineering and AMRC. These studentships are jointly investigating electric motor design and manufacture.

Colleagues from AMRC, Ricardo and Engineering at Sheffield
The MoU was signed at the AMRC Factory of the Future on 29 September 2016 and will bring about a more comprehensive period of collaboration to cover joint research and development projects. 

Pictured L-R are Professor Andy Atkins, Ricardo Chief Engineer, Colin Sirett, AMRC with Boeing Chief Executive Officer, Tom Gutwald, Managing Director of Ricardo Innovations, Mark Garrett, Ricardo Chief Operating Officer, Professor Sam Turner, AMRC Chief Technology Officer, Professor Mike Hounslow, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the University of Sheffield Faculty of Engineering and Jon Price, Strategic Advisor for the University of Sheffield, some of the representatives present at the signing of the MoU between Ricardo and the University of Sheffield AMRC.

The AMRC’s Automotive Sector Lead, Ben Kitcher, said: “A primary theme of this collaboration will be powertrain electrification, which is a key driver of the automotive industry and shall be addressed by Ricardo and the AMRC jointly. This will be alongside the development of motors, batteries and power electronics with cutting edge functional design as well as manufacturability.”

“This agreement represents a significant milestone in the development of Ricardo’s research collaboration with the AMRC,” commented Ricardo plc chief operating officer Mark Garrett. “Our collaborations such as this with some of the UK’s leading academic research groups, allows us to leverage both our collective intellectual capital and the investment of Ricardo in advance R&D, in order to bring forward advanced technologies that can help deliver a lower carbon and more sustainable future for transportation.”

Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, Executive Chairman of the AMRC Group, said: “I am delighted that the initial collaboration with Ricardo has developed to this stage and look forward to collaboration and a wide range of automotive projects. It is important for the Sheffield City Region and UK as a whole that the AMRC develops in this direction.”



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 a global reputation for helping companies overcome manufacturing problems and is a model for collaborative research involving universities, academics and industry worldwide. 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. 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. For more information, visit www.amrc.co.uk.

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield is one of the biggest in the UK. With seven departments and three interdisciplinary programmes covering all the engineering disciplines, over 5,000 students, 950 staff and £77m annual research-related income from government, industry and charity, it is one of the best institutions in the world to study or carry out research in engineering. www.sheffield.ac.uk/engineering

Ricardo plc is a global, world-class, multi-industry consultancy for engineering, technology, project innovation and strategy. Our people are committed to providing outstanding value through quality engineering solutions focused on high efficiency, low emission, class-leading product innovation and robust strategic implementation. With a century of delivering excellence and value through technology, our client list includes the world's major transportation original equipment manufacturers, supply chain organizations, energy companies, financial institutions and governments. Guided by our corporate values of respect, integrity, creativity & innovation and passion, we enable our customers to achieve sustainable growth and commercial success. Ricardo is listed in the FTSE4Good Index, which identifies global companies that demonstrate strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. For more information, visit www.ricardo.com.

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