Centre’s flying high with Boeing award

AMRC project engineer: Kareema Baig with a model Boeing 757-400ER.
AMRC project engineer: Kareema Baig with a model Boeing 757-400ER.
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Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre has won a Boeing Performance Excellence Award.

The Advanced Manufacturing Park-based Centre has become one of 407 suppliers to receive a silver supplier’s award from Boeing.

The award comes a year after the AMRC was named Boeing’s Supplier of the Year in the International Technology category of the aerospace giant’s supplier awards.

AMRC research director, Professor Keith Ridgway, said: “This award is a tribute to the talent and dedication of our team in Sheffield.

“We are currently expanding our activities significantly through our work in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and the new University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Institute and this is proof that we still lead the world in innovative research.”

The Government is investing more than £200 million in a series of “Catapult” centres, similar to the Frauhnhoffer Centres in Germany.

Catapult centres are designed to focus on technologies where the global market is potentially large and enable businesses to make use of equipment and research that would otherwise be beyond their means.

The AMRC and Nuclear AMRC are among seven research centres that make up the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

The Advanced Manufacturing Institute is a self contained centre for research, knowledge exchange and learning which brings together Sheffield University’s AMRC, Nuclear AMRC, Knowledge Transfer Centre and AMI Training Centre.

The Knowledge Transfer Centre aims to serve businesses throughout the manufacturing supply chain by providing dedicated meeting and training space and the AMI Training Centre aims to provide training in the practical and academic skills that manufacturing companies need.