Tuesday, August 16, 2016

News: AMRC assured of £4m research funding

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The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing has received confirmation of EU funding for the development of the new Royce Translational Centre.

In 2014 the institution signed a deal to secure 50 acres of land at Sheffield Business Park, paving the way for the expansion of the AMRC and building on its success on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, where it already operates from 300,000 sq ft of accommodation within seven separate buildings.

The Royce Translational Centre is planned for the AMRC 2 over the Parkway. The 11,700 sq ft materials processing laboratory for the University "will be a state-of-the-art research infrastructure for materials testing and production at demonstration scale." The aim is to de-risk the steps in the commercialisation of new materials.

The project will be delivered with £4m of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) funding, on which the UK Government has recently provided additional reassurance.

A £235m funding package for the Sir Henry Royce Institute was announced by the Government in 2014. It will be led by the University of Manchester with a substantial wing in Sheffield and support from other universities. It will accelerate the translation of research into materials for advanced manufacturing and provide growth to the entire UK manufacturing base.

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Much of the AMRC's work in the Sir Henry Royce Institute is expected to focus on developments in powder metallurgy, aimed at improving the quality and capabilities of the technology, so that it can be more widely used in manufacturing.

Sir Keith Burnett, vice-chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: "The new Royce Translational Centre will provide businesses with access to the most prestigious and advanced research, innovation and equipment - bridging gaps within the UK supply chain and developing the world-leading products and processes that will help re-shore key parts of manufacturing and drive the UK's economy forward.

"As Chair of the Sheffield City Region Science and Innovation Board, I am particularly delighted about what this will mean for our region, as well as the UK as a whole. This kind of initiative is key to building on our existing expertise, increase sales and jobs for businesses large and small and drive inward investment to the North."

As part of a wider programme to support regional advanced manufacturing, The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University have also applied for ERDF funding to provide related engagement activities with regional manufacturing companies - ensuring that Sheffield City Region fully benefits from the innovation it produces.

The Government has also confirmed that it will underwrite the payments of awards from the Horizon 2020 programme, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK's departure from the EU.

Working in partnership with other institutions and industry, the AMRC and related companies have secured millions from the research programme for projects including the Amos project (Additive manufacturing optimisation and simulation platform for repairing and remanufacturing of aerospace components) and the MMTech project that is developing new ways of working with an advanced material called gamma titanium aluminide.

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Images: AMRC / Bond Bryan


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