Tuesday, March 27, 2012

News: AMRC in new Korean collaboration


The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing in Rotherham has signed a new collaboration agreement with South Korea's leading composites research institute.

The agreement was signed at the same time as the Deputy Prime Minister announced that the UK has approved a hugely significant Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Korea that will bring an estimated £500m of annual benefits to the UK and create £2bn of additional export opportunities for UK businesses.

The agreement between the AMRC and the Jeonju Institute of Machinery and Carbon Composites (JMC) covers joint research and development on carbon composite materials, including joint proposals for technology development projects.

The memorandum of understanding was signed at a ceremony at the AMRC Factory of the Future on the Advanced Manufacturing Park.

The AMRC Composite Centre focuses on areas including automated production, machining, and advanced curing technologies. The Composite Centre will move into expanded facilities in the new extension to the AMRC Factory of the Future in April.

The new facility will allow the experts to provide a full range of design, manufacturing, assembly and structural testing services for advanced composite materials. The centre will also work with complex hybrid components and systems, which require manufacturing expertise in both composite and metallic structures.

Carbon fibre composite materials are increasingly used in aerospace, marine, automotive and other high-value industries. They provide a valuable combination of light weight and high strength, but present a host of manufacturing challenges.

AMRC website

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