Wednesday, June 1, 2016

News: AMRC strengthens link to Scottish centre

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Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, co-founder of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has been appointed as Executive Chair of the AFRC – the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) at the University of Strathclyde.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) and a partner in the HVM Catapult (the government's strategic initiative that aims to revitalise the manufacturing industry), the AMRC focuses on advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors. It is a partnership between industry and academia, which has become a model for research centres worldwide.

The AFRC is also a core partner of the UK High Value Manufacturing Catapult and its focus is on high value forging and forming is based on the need for current and next generation manufacturing methods which can produce metallic parts to the highest standards of structural integrity.

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Professor Ridgway will continue as chair of the AMRC and the move has been welcomed by AMRC and AFRC lead industrial partners in light of the greater potential for collaboration and integration of technologies.

Collaborating companies will have access to machining, welding, forging and forming, casting, assembly and robotics, composites, digital engineering and design and testing. The aim will be to give companies access to the facilities and expertise in all sites.

Professor Ridgway said: "Taking on this additional role effectively brings together two regions where the manufacturing industry is vitally important and where future growth is dependent on a vibrant manufacturing industry.

"This announcement marks an opportunity to lead strategy development of three major manufacturing research centres in complementary areas, with the potential to develop large strategic projects involving companies within the Northern Powerhouse and Scotland."

David Jones, who had previously been working with the organisation as a consultant, took up the interim role at the AFRC in March. The appointment came after the departure of former CEO, Archie MacPherson, who, after three successful years, left the AFRC for Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) in January.

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