AMRC boost from £154m R&D fund

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A £154m government investment in aerospace research will benefit The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre for years - because it is already involved in three of four programmes set to share the cash: wings, engines and aircraft structures.

The Rotherham centre, part of Sheffield University, is already working on ‘wings of the future’ a project led by Airbus which is set to received £42m.

It is involved in a project led by Rolls-Royce to explore ways of creating lighter and greener and more fuel efficient engines which will get £20m.

And a GKN project which will research how 3D printing can produce lightweight aircraft metallic parts to create lighter structures that is set to receive £49m already involves the AMRC.

AMRC executive dean Prof Keith Ridgway, CBE, said: “It is welcome confirmation of long-term funding which will help to keep the UK at the forefront of the global aerospace sector and will also support the work of the AMRC.”

The cash was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

It will be funded through the Aerospace Technology Institute.

Two Sheffield companies, Arnold Magnetic Technologies and Magnomatics, are also set to share in £30m for aerospace research also announced by Mr Clegg.

The funding is part of a £2bn new planes project.

The Government claims it will help secure more than 100,000 skilled jobs in aerospace and its supply chain in the long term in a market expected to be worth over £4 trillion over the next 30 years.

Mr Clegg said: “The UK’s aerospace industry is going from strength to strength and helping our economic recovery. We are the number one aerospace industry in Europe.”