The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing helps manufacturers of any size to become more competitive by introducing advanced techniques, technologies and processes.
We specialise in carrying out world-leading research into advanced machining, manufacturing and materials, which is of practical use to industry.
Our 90-plus industrial partners range from global giants like Boeing, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Airbus to small companies. Businesses can work with us on a one-off project, or join us as a member for long-term collaboration.
The AMRC now employs around 500 highly qualified researchers and engineers from around the globe, in two purpose-built centres on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in South Yorkshire.
Our operations have grown significantly since we were founded in 2001 and in 2003 we became the anchor tenant on the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Catcliffe, South Yorkshire.
Further expansion is underway on a new Advanced Manufacturing Campus on the nearby Sheffield Business Park.
We have 11 core capabilities:
- Integrated manufacturing
- Design & prototyping
- Structural testing
- Additive Manufacturing
- Virtual Reality
Research projects fall into three categories:
- Generic research carried out on behalf of the AMRC partnership, with results distributed to all members. Generic projects are agreed by the board of members, and results are shared between all members.
- Specific research for individual companies. The company invests directly in the research and has exclusive access to any resulting intellectual property.
- Innovative projects into technologies and processes at earlier stage of development. These projects are usually funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK, European Commission or other external body, and may involve collaboration with external research and industrial partners.
The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is part of the AMRC Group, a cluster of world-class centres for industry-focused research and development of technologies used in high-value manufacturing sectors.
The group has specialist expertise in machining, casting, welding, powder metallurgy, composites, designing for manufacturing, testing and training.
It has a global reputation for helping companies overcome manufacturing problems and has become a model for collaborative research involving universities, academics and industry, worldwide.
Sub-centres of the AMRC include Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future, AMRC Training Centre, Knowledge Transfer Centre (KTC), AMRC Castings, the Medical AMRC, The National Metals Technology Centre, Factory 2050, Composite Centre, Design and Prototyping Centre, Advanced Structural Testing Centre and Industrial Doctorate Centre.
Also located on the Advanced Manufacturing Park is the Nuclear AMRC, which helps UK companies win work in the civil nuclear sector in new build, operations and decommissioning.
The AMRC is a core part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, an alliance of seven leading manufacturing research centres backed by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.
Being part of the Catapult ensures that we play a core role in the revival of the national manufacturing sector. It also allows companies working with us to tap into a national network of manufacturing research excellence.
If any aspects of a particular challenge fall outside any Catapult member’s areas of expertise, each can call on the other centres’ knowledge and resources.
The High Value Manufacturing Catapult is just one of a new generation of Catapults targeting the most vital technologies for the UK’s future.