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South Yorkshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre has won the public praises of aerospace giant Boeing.

The praise came from Boeing Defence UK’s Tim Wheeler, speaking during the Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield, on behalf of Boeing UK president Sir Roger Bone, who didn’t make it to the Festival convention.

Mr Wheeler said Boeing had helped to found three technology centres in the UK because it recognised the need to bridge the gap between academic research and a technology ready to go into production.

It was in the area of production readiness that the collaboration with Sheffield University at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) had been so successful.

“The Centre has gained an enviable reputation throughout Boeing and in a much broader field through driving technology and manufacturing processes; taking the toughest problems from our production lines and coming up with solutions to those problems,” said Mr Wheeler.

“The UK is a real hotbed of creation and innovation. To stay ahead in a highly competitive global market the UK has to build on its strength as an innovator and developer of products.

Like fellow Convention speaker, Juergen Maier, of Siemens UK, Mr Wheeler called for the government to create a stable business environment.