Thursday, July 19, 2012

News: Spirit AeroSystems joins AMRC


Spirit AeroSystems has joined the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing in Rotherham to help increase its R&D footprint in Europe.

Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world's largest non-OEM designers and manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial aircraft. Its European division produces wing components for a host of customers, including Airbus.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, The AMRC is a £100m collaboration among more than 40 partner organisations, comprising world leaders in the aerospace supply chain, key government offices and international academic institutions.

By taking Tier One membership, Spirit AeroSystems gains access to all the resources and generic research at the AMRC, and also takes a seat on the board to help determine the direction of future research.

The company also gains access to the wider resources of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a consortium of seven established manufacturing and process research centres, backed by the Technology Strategy Board. Spirit is also joining the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry, another part of the Catapult.

Neil McManus, vice president and managing director of Spirit AeroSystems (Europe), said: "Having a research and development laboratory such as the HVM Catapult centres, built to an industrial scale with all the associated engineering and technological knowledge in the same place, opens up a number of interesting avenues for Spirit's technology strategy.

"From a Spirit perspective it is anticipated that within the AMRC environment we will be able to lower the risk of high value capital equipment business investments, exploit technologies onto real scale aerostructures products, and successfully demonstrate Technology Readiness Level maturity to our customers prior to transitioning solutions into aerostructures assembly.

"From a UK aerospace industry perspective this allows Spirit to contribute to the government-industry initiatives to bolster high value manufacturing, enhance business competitiveness and nurture a culture of innovation and skills growth within the entire aerospace supply chain."

Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, research director of the AMRC with Boeing, added: "Collaborations like this are essential to developing the technology required to support Spirit AeroSystems as a supplier of choice in the aerospace market. We are delighted to welcome them as a valued member of the AMRC."

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