AMRC’s Boeing accolade

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg looking at a turbine disc with  Prof Keith Ridgway, Reseaarch director ARMC during his visit to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Rotherham 'See Story ????????  Picture Chris Lawton '  17 March 2011
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg looking at a turbine disc with Prof Keith Ridgway, Reseaarch director ARMC during his visit to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Rotherham 'See Story ???????? Picture Chris Lawton ' 17 March 2011
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Aerospace giant Boeing has named Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre its ‘Supplier of the Year’ for international technology.

Aerospace giant Boeing has named Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre its ‘Supplier of the Year’ for international technology.

The Advanced Manufacturing Park-based AMRC is the first UK organisation to secure a Boeing Supplier of the Year accolade in the 10 years the awards have been running.

The 16 Supplier of the Year Award winners are an elite group drawn from more than 17,525 Boeing suppliers in nearly 52 countries and have had to achieve stringent performance criteria for quality, delivery performance, cost, environmental initiatives, customer service and technical expertise.

AMRC founder and research director, Professor Keith Ridgway, who was received the award at a ceremony at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, said: “This is a great honour for us, and a tribute to the hard work and talent of our team in South Yorkshire.

“In the ten years since we launched the AMRC with the support of Boeing, we have become internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for manufacturing research.

“This award is further evidence that Britain can still lead the world in innovative engineering.”

Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president Stan Deal added: “We view our suppliers as an extension of our production facilities. They bring to us a combination of quality, capability, capacity and technology that enables us to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers.”

The AMRC was established by Sheffield University in partnership with Boeing to help companies solve engineering problems and increase competitiveness.

Its research programme is determined by a board of member companies that ensure its work meets industry’s needs and is focused on developing new technologies and processes for machining high-performance metal alloys used in aerospace and other industries, the production and machining of carbon fibre composite materials, advanced structural testing and techniques for using robots to assemble complex components.