Since its earliest days, the University of Sheffield has been a world leader in metallurgy and engineering research, working closely with local industry to develop new manufacturing techniques and technologies.
At the close of the 20th century, Professor Keith Ridgway and local businessman Adrian Allen began to work with Boeing to apply Sheffield’s traditional expertise to new materials, focusing on machining research. The AMRC was established in 2001 as a £15 million collaboration between the University of Sheffield and aerospace giant Boeing, with support from Yorkshire Forward and the European Regional Development Fund.
In 2004, the AMRC moved into a purpose-built facility as the anchor tenant for the Advanced Manufacturing Park. The centre grew rapidly and, after securing a further £10m funding, opened the 4,500 sq m AMRC Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future in 2008.
The original building has undergone a major upgrade and expansion to create a Composite Centre, Design Prototype and Testing Centre and its latest development, the UK’s first state of the art factory, entirely dedicated to conducting collaborative research into reconfigurable digitally assisted assembly, component manufacturing and machining technologies, Factory 2050.