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Advanced manufacturing centre coming to North West

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), which supports manufacturers of all sizes, is expanding from Sheffield into the North West with a new facility in Lancashire.

Currently based at the University of Sheffield, the AMRC works with manufacturers to introduce advanced techniques, technologies and processes into their operations.

The proposed expansion into Lancashire will see a new facility based at the Samlesbury Enterprise Zone in Preston to integrate with the strong aerospace presence in the area.

The core role of the AMRC is to identify, research and resolve advanced manufacturing problems on behalf of its industrial partners.

It has around 70 companies as members, ranging from aerospace giants such as Boeing, Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems to local small businesses - allowing companies to tap into a national network of industry expertise.

Speaking to The Business Desk, Executive Dean at the AMRC, Professor Keith Ridgeway, said:

“We are looking forward to working closely in the North West with its aerospace and automotive supply chains.

“Draw a line from Sheffield to Preston and 20 miles either side of it you have a corridor of manufacturing stretching across the Pennines. You’ll find some very good companies and it is very much SME-driven.”

The new AMRC centre was originally announced in 2017 as part of a £70 million Growth Deal funding allocation for Lancashire.

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