Aeronautical chief praises ‘scientific’ region

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If London needs a third runway, it should be built at Manchester Airport.

That was the verdict from Airbus A380 chief engineer John Roberts, guest speaker at a double celebration for South Yorkshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

Mr Roberts made his half joking remark delivering the inaugural lecture at the first meeting of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s new Sheffield Branch and the first event to be staged in Sheffield University’s new Knowledge Transfer Centre, on the Advanced Manufacturing Park.

Speaking at the same event, Royal Aeronautical Society president Lee Balthazor praised the Sheffield region for its “underlying enthusiasm to put science to practical use.”

The AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre has been designed by Sheffield architects Bond Bryan to create a dedicated meeting and training space to help the AMRC forge links with businesses throughout the manufacturing supply chain.

Facilities include a conference hall that can seat 350 people and be divided up into three separate conference rooms as well as a number of meeting and presentation rooms, all of which are available to businesses.

The Knowledge Transfer Centre also boasts a training and demonstration workshop equipped with a wide range of machining centres, welding cells and robots, showcasing some of the technologies being developed at the AMRC and Nuclear AMRC.

The centre is also being used as a training workshop for AMRC apprentices while a £20 million Advanced Manufacturing Institute Training School is built. The AMI Training Centre is scheduled to open in autumn 2013 and will provide training in practical and academic skills that manufacturing companies need to compete globally.