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AMRC Factory 2050 Secures Funding

posted 7 Jun 2013, 02:11 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 7 Jun 2013, 02:12 ]
The University of Sheffield AMRC with Boeing has secured funding for a £43m research factory to meet the future needs of aerospace and other high-value manufacturing industries with companies including Boeing, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Spirit AeroSystems committed to supporting the project.

The creation of the new facility is supported by a £10m grant from the Research Partnership Investment Fund, managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The AMRC Factory 2050 will be the UK's first fully reconfigurable assembly and component manufacturing facility for collaborative research, capable of switching production between different high-value components and one-off parts.

Professor Keith Ridgway, executive dean of the University of Sheffield AMRC, said: "This will be the most advanced factory in the world. It will give us a home for the research and demonstration work associated with building the next generation of aircraft and energy technologies.

"The aim is to be able to manufacture any component as a one-off, and instantaneously switch between components. This will be a totally reconfigurable factory, one of the goals of the advanced manufacturing research strategy."

The building will have an area of approximately 48,000 sq ft (4,500 sq m) and will be built to BREEAM 'Excellent' environmental standards.

About 50 researchers and engineers will work in the new facility, which will be completed around the end of 2014.