The national centres of excellence –the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), evolves collaborations between government and industry to provide companies with access to leading-edge technical knowledge and advanced production processes and equipment. They serve as a catalyst for UK manufacturers to drive innovation.
The AMRC has been instrumental in attracting several high quality overseas investments into UK manufacturing; the most recent of these involves McLaren Automotive. The company is set to open a £50 million Composites Technology Centre that will be responsible for the development and manufacture of its advanced carbon fibre lightweight chassis for all new models from 2020. The project, in partnership with the AMRC and the University of Sheffield, will allow McLaren to tap into the university’s world-class composites and materials research, creating a purpose-built factory within Sheffield City Region’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID). It is anticipated that the investment will bring other McLaren supply-chain companies to the region. The project aims to deliver cost-savings of around £10 million and will represent a significant “re-shoring” of manufacturing into the UK from mainland Europe. The investment will increase the average UK content of its vehicles to around 50%.
“At the AMRC we will have access to some of the world’s finest composites and research capabilities, and I look forward to building a world-class facility and talented team at the new McLaren Composites Technology Centre.” Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive
McLaren’s choice of Sheffield City Region is further proof that the city region’s capabilities are up there with the best in the world.
The AMRC employs more than 500 highly-qualified researchers and engineers from around the world. It has become a model for collaborative research involving universities, academics and industry worldwide and is a member of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult – a network of world-leading centres designed to transform the UK’s capacity for innovation and help drive economic growth.
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