Here in Sheffield City Region we have a strong business ethic.
Our approach is simple, straightforward and pragmatic. Companies who are already benefiting from our ‘let’s get it done’ work ethic by choosing to invest here include McLaren, Boeing and Rolls-Royce, all of which are now located within our world-leading Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID).
AMID is the UK’s largest research-led Advanced Manufacturing cluster, home to high-value manufacturers and skilled engineers, and located between junctions 33 and 34 of the M1 motorway at the centre of the UK.
A 2,000-acre centre of excellence, the AMID includes the University of Sheffield’s world-leading Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, and Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) which is set to become the most advanced research and development centre for physical activity in the world.
Our region leads the UK with the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID) where university and industry collaboration help business reduce risk with research, testing, prototyping and rapid commercialisation.
“The AMRC contains an impressive array of specialised facilities, each dedicated to providing advanced manufacturing companies in the region and beyond access to industrial expertise, cutting-edge machines and equipment, and, ultimately, solutions to complex technological challenges.” Bruce Katz – Vice President of the Brookings Institution
The district incorporates:
- Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).
The AMRC has specialist expertise in machining, casting, welding, additive manufacturing, composites, design, structural testing and training. It has more than 90 members, ranging from global giants such as Boeing, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, McLaren Automotive and BAE Systems to local SMEs and specialist suppliers. 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.
- Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) is a collaboration of academic and industrial partners from across the civil nuclear manufacturing supply chain, with the mission of helping UK manufacturers win work at home and worldwide. It is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult – a thriving alliance of seven leading manufacturing R&D centres backed by the UK Government.
- AMRC Castings conducts research into metal castings manufacturing processes for aerospace and other high value manufacturing sectors and develops technologies that can be transferred with low risk to the supply-chain. It recently installed the first plant outside North America capable of melting more than 1000kg of titanium to produce some of the biggest titanium aerospace castings in the world.
- Factory 2050 is a centre for research into robotics and automation, integrated large volume metrology, digitally assisted assembly and manufacturing informatics. The building is the UK’s first fully reconfigurable digital factory for collaborative research and is leading the AMRC’s work on ‘Internet of Things’ technologies, that are driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution by allowing different devices and human operators to communicate.
- The Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC), in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University, Toshiba, parkrun, Sheffield Children’s Hospital and others, is poised to make Sheffield City Region a centre of international excellence for health and wellbeing research. Our city region also has one of the UK’s largest concentrations of orthopaedic and medical device companies, making us a leader in medical diagnostics.