’One of world’s most advanced factories’ opens in Sheffield

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A research centre described by project leaders as ‘one of the most advanced factories in the world’ has been opened in Sheffield.

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing has taken possession of Factory 2050, a glass-walled “reconfigurable factory” at the heart of the University of Sheffield’s new advanced manufacturing campus on Sheffield Business Park. The AMRC is now installing the technology that will be used in research programmes after construction group Interserve handed over the keys to the landmark building, designed by architects Bond Bryan.

AMRC executive dean, Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, said: “We aim to make Factory 2050 the most advanced factory in the world, built to carry out collaborative research.”

Project leaders hope Factory 2050 will attract advanced manufacturers and engineering jobs to the new Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, being created in the Sheffield City Region as part of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative.

Factory 2050 will be home to the AMRC’s Integrated Manufacturing Group, which is installing cutting edge manufacturing and assembly technologies, advanced robotics, flexible automation, next generation man-machine interfaces and new programming and training tools.

The factory is a £43m scheme, could employ up to 70 people and is expected to contribute almost £2m to the economy every year. Installing equipment will take several months and it is expected to be operational by next spring.