Green light for Royce Translational Centre to support growth and jobs for the north

  • New 1,000m2 innovation facility to support growth and innovation in companies employing a total of over 13,800 people
  • Potential to generate almost £700million in the Sheffield City Region
  • The Centre will be built on the second phase of the Sheffield City Region's Advanced Manufacturing Park, next to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre's Factory 2050
  • The Project will be delivered with £4 million of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) funding, on which the UK government has today provided additional reassurance

The University of Sheffield has today (13 August) received confirmation of funding for the development of a new Royce Translational Centre to be built next to the University's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre's (AMRC) Factory 2050.

Part of the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials, the Royce Translational Centre will support the transformation of the advanced manufacturing process and supply - offering manufacturing companies the opportunity to adopt next generation technology to produce and process metal powders.

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The £235M Sir Henry Royce Institute was first announced by Government in 2014. Today's assurance of £4 million of funding from EDRF gives the green light on the next stages of development for the Royce Translational Centre aimed at increasing jobs and productivity for the region, the UK and the international advanced manufacturing sector.

Speaking about the opportunities for the new Royce Translational Centre, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Sir Keith Burnett, said:

"Today is a significant milestone in the UK's growing reputation for advanced manufacturing research which is being rapidly translated into industrial advantage, global orders and jobs.

"The University of Sheffield is delighted to be taking a lead in this crucial area, and the confirmation of EU funding underwritten by the Chancellor is the news we have been waiting for.

The new Royce Translational Centre will provide businesses with access to the most prestigious and advanced research, innovation and equipment


"The new Royce Translational Centre will provide businesses with access to the most prestigious and advanced research, innovation and equipment - bridging gaps within the UK supply chain and developing the world-leading products and processes that will help re-shore key parts of manufacturing and drive the UK's economy forward.

"As Chair of the Sheffield City Region Science and Innovation Board, I am particularly delighted about what this will mean for our region, as well as the UK as a whole. This kind of initiative is key to building on our existing expertise, increase sales and jobs for businesses large and small and drive inward investment to the north."

A crucial element of the Royce Translational Centre will be the development of research on how metal powders can be more effectively deployed within sectors such as aerospace, automotive, energy and medical high-value manufacturing.

As part of a wider programme to support regional advanced manufacturing, The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University have also applied for ERDF funding to provide related engagement activities with regional manufacturing companies - ensuring that Sheffield City Region fully benefits from the innovation it produces.

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