Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Launches Sheffield Cutting Edge Facility

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), along with Boeing, has launched Factory 2050 -one of the most advanced factories in the world - at the heart of University of Sheffield’s new advanced manufacturing campus on Sheffield Business Park.

The £43m development is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Higher Education Funding Council for England, each of which have contributed £10m to the project.

Overall, Factory 2050 is expected to contribute almost £2 million directly to the local economy every year and could employ up to 70 staff.

Construction group Interserve has now handed AMRC the keys to the landmark building and the Centre is now installing the technology that will be used in research programmes designed to revolutionise UK Manufacturing - with the aim of being fully operational by Spring 2016.

AMRC Executive Dean, Professor Keith Ridgway, said: “We aim to make Factory 2050 the most advanced factory in the world, built to carry out collaborative research.”

According to Ridgway, the factory is designed to “ensure the UK’s advanced manufacturing supply chain can access the expertise it needs to make the most of new challenges and opportunities, and that our region retains its international lead in high value manufacturing.”

Factory 2050 will play host to the AMRC’s Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG) and will allow the Group to explore techniques and technologies that, according to IMG spokesperson Ben Morgan, ‘are vital to achieving the mass customisation of products now being demanded by companies and customers.”

Projects that will run initially include exploring future digital factory technologies for building commercial aeroplanes, a programme to take aerospace manufacturing technology into the construction industry and another to investigate digitally assisted assembly technologies which could help to fill a looming skills gap in the aerospace sectors.

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