University of Sheffield takes central role in UK’s new Future Manufacturing Hubs

The University of Sheffield is to play a key role in the UK’s new Future Manufacturing Hubs, announced today (Monday 5 December 2016) by the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson.


Today’s announcement confirmed a £10million investment from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for the University of Sheffield to lead the Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes (MAPP) hub. MAPP will focus on developing new powder-based manufacturing processes that provide low energy, low cost and low waste manufacturing routes and products for UK industry.

MAPP, which will be part of the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Materials Research, will play a crucial role in unlocking the potential to use advanced powders in manufacturing processes.

It will be led by Professor Iain Todd from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Speaking about the announcement, he said:

“There is a huge potential for manufacturing using advanced powders, however the industrial application of many processes is being held back by some fundamental science and engineering challenges, and they are not realising their potential. Our vision is to ensure that these game changing technologies deliver on their promise for UK industry.”

Today’s announcement also named the University of Sheffield as a key partner in three additional Future Manufacturing Hubs - Advanced Metrology, Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation and Compound Semiconductors. It cements Sheffield’s role in leading advanced manufacturing research in the UK - from developments in fundamental and underpinning science, through to translational research with industry partners.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Sir Keith Burnett, said: “This investment recognises the vital role new technologies play in the security and growth of our high-value manufacturing sector - which must be a key component in the UK’s industrial strategy.

“Around the world, nations are determined to invest in next generation manufacturing and innovation. In the UK, Government is focusing on Industrial Strategy. This announcement is important because it shows how companies can become more productive and globally competitive by integrating the latest research into manufacturing processes.

"The future of the UK economy and the creation of wealth, jobs and opportunity will depend upon the UK ensuring that research in universities is working hand in hand with industry. I am extremely proud that The University of Sheffield is an international leader in this vital work."

MAPP brings together expertise from the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, together with partners from the Universities of Leeds, Manchester, Oxford, and Imperial College London. Bringing together 17 industry partners and six centres in the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult, together with academic research, MAPP will develop and translate research into new developments for manufacturers in areas such as aerospace and energy.

The £10m investment in MAPP from EPSRC is matched with over £7m from industry and HVMC partners, and over £3m from universities. For more information about MAPP:

MAPP website

For more information on Future Manufacturing Hubs, contact Richard Tibenham, Senior Media Relations Manager at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, email:, mobile: 07767 311 484

Additional information

The 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 2016 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.


For further information please contact:
Clare Parkin

Media Relations Officer
University of Sheffield
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