Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre has been hailed as the global model for linking hi-tech research and manufacturing.
The accolade came from Sir Roger Bone, president of Boeing UK, one of the founding sponsors of the Advanced Manufacturing Park-based AMRC.
Sir Roger told guests at the annual Sheffield Management Lecture: “You cannot overstate the significance of the AMRC to the Boeing company. It is very much a model, for us, of how things should be done.
“Sheffield has a great deal to demonstrate to the academic community, not just in this country, but globally too. When I look at the relationships we have with universities worldwide, I think there are very, very few, if any, who understand the link between manufacturing research and industrial application in the way that the AMRC does.
“Whenever we are in discussion with universities in other parts of the world about how they should be looking at industrial manufacturing research, we send them here,” said Sir Roger.
He revealed that Boeing had recently brought the presidents of two distinguished universities from Boeing’s home land, the US, to Sheffield, to “sit and listen to how things should be done.”
Sir Roger said that cutting- edge technology, developed at the AMRC, had been one of the main reasons the UK arm of multinational Messier-Bugatti-Dowty had won the contract to make the landing gear for Boeing’s revolutionary, composite-bodied 787 Dreamliner.
The Boeing president urged the UK to continue to invest in research and development and human skills if it wanted to retain its place as the most significant aerospace manufacturing centre in the world, after the US.
“I think the Government is listening. I think things are moving in the right direction,” added Sir Roger before calling for greater emphasis on the teaching of science and engineering skills in the UK.