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New cross-border support for forging and forming manufacturers

The metal forging and forming community will be able to access cutting-edge equipment and expertise thanks to a new partnership at Manchester’s Henry Royce Institute for advanced materials.


The Henry Royce Institute, which is based at the University of Manchester, has welcomed the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) as an Associate Partner.

The partnership is expected to open doors to world-class facilities for forging and forming businesses and boost Royce’ capability to explore sustainable manufacturing and metal forming methods. It will also support deeper, cross-border advanced materials research and development.

Prof David Knowles, CEO of the Henry Royce Institute, commented:

“The Advanced Forming Research Centre is joining Royce as an Associate Partner thanks to its strong capabilities across its research and facilities and a clear alignment with our Research Areas in advanced metals processing and the development of materials systems for demanding environments. It will contribute significant expertise and support our core facilities offer to industry and academia.”

The AFRC is one of seven UK centres that are part of the national High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult. Its facilities allow manufacturing businesses to tap into new forging technology that can potentially increase energy efficiency and reduce cycle times during production.

Helen Lightbody, COO at the AFRC, added:

“We look forward to future collaborative opportunities that will allow us to support organisations within Manchester, Sheffield the wider academic community and beyond. With the right strategy in place, we hope to make a positive impact upon the UK manufacturing sector and the economy.”

For more information on the opportunities for forging and forming manufacturers, visit www.royce.ac.uk/partners/university-of-strathclyde.

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