The Sheffield City Region offers a wealth of business opportunities, leading and innovative manufacturing and research facilities, super-connectivity, and a refreshing ‘can do’ approach.
All these factors have helped to attract several world class global corporations, SME’s and independent companies to invest in and do business here.
Businesses that choose to locate in the Sheffield City Region will therefore benefit from building connections and working alongside several leading organisations to innovate, grow and drive the economy, including:
- McLaren – Recognising the benefits of working alongside the AMRC, McLaren Automotive chose the Sheffield City Region for the creation of its new £50m McLaren Composites Technology Centre. Located within Sheffield City Region’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, the facility builds McLaren’s carbon fibre chassis for new models built in 2020 and beyond.
- Boeing – Sheffield was chosen as the base for Boeing’s UK facility due to its excellent connectivity and a longstanding and successful relationship with the AMRC and its world-class research and development. The facility was built as part of a broader plan to increase the company’s in-house manufacturing of key actuation components and systems in the U.S. and the UK, enhancing production efficiency and reducing cost in its supply chain. The components made in Sheffield are shipped to Boeing’s facility in Portland, Oregon, for assembly.
- Rolls Royce – In 2015 Rolls-Royce opened its £110 million Advanced Blades Casting Facility in the Sheffield City Region. It is one of the most productive and technically advanced facilities in the world. Robots and automated inspection enable the manufacture of 100,000 turbine blades annually for the manufacturer’s Trent aero-engines.
- Amazon – The e-commerce giant opened a new £100m logistics facility at Doncaster’s iPort, following a long and productive working relationship with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and the Sheffield City Region. This is the third facility Amazon has built in Doncaster, with two fulfilment centres previously developed in the city; chosen for its talented workforce, connectivity and infrastructure.
- Fragomen – A large talent pool of highly-skilled people was the principal reason Fragomen Worldwide chose Sheffield City Region as the base for its second UK office. The world’s leading single-focus provider of immigration guidance and support, Fragomen has more than 40 offices and more than 3,350 employees worldwide, providing services in more than 170 countries.
“We’re extremely proud to have been appointed to lead the Sheffield Midland Station masterplan study where we will provide a wide range of integrated services to develop a long-term and ambitious vision for the station and surrounding cityscape. The study will shape an efficient and effective multimodal hub and regional gateway that will help enhance the economic and social prosperity and promote growth.
“By integrating planned HS2 and NPR services, the study will establish a programme level blueprint to unlock the development potential of the surrounding area over the next 30 years; enhance user experiences in and around the station; and improve urban connectivity and public realm around the station.”
“We are looking for a competitive supply chain and Sheffield has the right culture, environment, heritage and the right technical advantage.” Dr Hamid Mughai, Executive VP Manufacturing Engineering and Technology Rolls-Royce
“We have seen the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre grow in the last decade to a multi-million-pound research centre. Such is its excellence in our view and its understanding of the interface between manufacturing research and industrial application, we use Sheffield as a benchmark globally.” – Sir Roger Bone, President of Boeing UK
“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.” – Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, Executive Dean of the University of Sheffield AMRC
“The now-iconic McLaren F1 was the world’s first road car to be built with a carbon fibre chassis and every car built more recently by McLaren Automotive has the same. Creating a facility where we can manufacture our own carbon fibre chassis structures is therefore a logical next step…
We evaluated several options to achieve this objective, but the opportunity created by the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the University of Sheffield was compelling. At the AMRC, we will have access to some of the world’s finest composites and materials research capabilities, and I look forward to building a world-class facility and talented team at the new McLaren Composites Technology Centre.” – Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive