Diggers on site for aerospace Factory 2050

Published 17th September 2014 at 3:57pm

A set of contractors has just arrived to make a start on Factory 2050 for the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing.

It will be the first building on a new Advanced Manufacturing Campus which could result in Sheffield University building up to a 1m square feet of research facilities on the site over the next seven to 10 years.

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

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

Leading manufacturers including Boeing, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Spirit AeroSystems are also committed to supporting the project.

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.”