Browse the calendar below to find out what’s happening at the AMRC.






9:00 am Composites Europe

COMPOSITES EUROPE is the industry event for composite materials, manufacturing, processing and application. Exhibition areas Raw materials (Resins, Farbric, Thermoplastics, Additives) Semi-finished products, intermediate products and finished- products Processing technology Machines, Equipment, Consumables Construction, simulation Services.

For more information visit:

Dusseldorf, Germany

8:00 am AMRC Design and Prototyping Group - Open Access Morning

Our first AMRC Design and Prototyping Open Event was held on 7 October 20016 and will now be held on the first Friday of every month to open our doors to industry.

This is your chance to meet  some of the AMRC Design and Prototyping Group’s experienced engineers and take a look around our world-class facility. You can drop in anytime between 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

The event will be the chance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to see how the group’s multi-disciplinary engineers develop design solutions for global customers using world-class, advanced manufacturing capabilities.

·         Discover the research of the AMRC Design and Prototyping Group
·         Explore the facility
·         Discuss your needs
·         View demos of our work in transport, healthcare and energy

If you are planning on dropping in please contact Andy Bell on or 0114 222 9590 to reserve a free place.

Find out more about the AMRC Design and Prototyping Group


AMRC Design, Prototype and Testing Centre, Wallis Way, Catcliffe, Rotherham, S60 5TZ

9:00 am AMRC Forum : SMEs and Industry 4.0: is it relevant?

There’s a lot of talk about the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), big data and the internet of things, but what does it all mean and is there anything in it for smaller companies?

On 7th December, the AMRC Forum will cut through the hype to bring you a no-nonsense, jargon-free guide to the technologies which are driving the fourth industrial revolution.
We’ll demonstrate some of the most easily accessible technologies which any business could implement now and highlight some of the key benefits.

The venue for this event is the AMRC’s newest development, Factory 2050 which is home to its Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG).

Please see the event flyer for more information:
SMEs Industry 4.0

Book online here

For more information please contact:

Gualberto Cigala
0114 222 6661

Factory 2050, Sheffield, S9 1ZA (Satnav: please use 'S9 1XZ)

6:00 pm RAeS Lecture & Annual General Meeting 2016

RAeS Annual General Meeting and final lecture of the year.

The Annual General Meeting is open to all with an interest in the Branch. We have had a busy year and we would like any feedback you have regarding what went well, but also what could have been better. We have two committee members looking to stand down and two people looking to join the committee (but we are always looking for more volunteers to help out). We are also looking for student representatives to join us from University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

The agenda for the AGM is as follows:

Welcome from the Branch Chairman, Phil Spiers.
Financial Review by Oliver Lewis.
Review of lectures, membership and attendance by Craig Atkins.
Review of the year by Phil Spiers.
Review of the 150th anniversary event by Craig Atkins.
Election of Committee Members.
Any other business.

The timings for the AGM are 18:00 hrs till 18:40 hrs. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided for attendees.

The AGM will be immediately followed by our last presentation of the year: “F35 Lightning II – A Fifth Generation Fighter” by Andy Wales, Engineering Director and Chief Engineer for F-35, BAE Systems.

The lecture will provide an overview of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft and associated programme. This will include the background, current status and future plans for this platform. F-35 is the largest defence programme in the world, estimated total value >$1.5 trillion. The programme is US lead with 8 International Participant Nations – UK, Italy, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Turkey.

Lockheed Martin is the Aircraft Prime Contractor, with Partners Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. Pratt & Whitney is Prime Contractor for Propulsion. Three Variants of the aircraft are in production. The programme is important to the UK Industry employing around 3,300 people. The F-35 is due to enter UK service in 2018.

The F-35 programme is entering a critical phase which sees a significant ramp up in production combined with national, regional and global sustainment (in-service support) strategies needing to be defined and implemented in the next few years.

About the speaker: Andy Wales has been with BAE Systems for 32 years after having studied Mechanical Engineering at Leeds University. He has held a number of engineering roles during his career within BAE Systems working on a wide variety of fast jet aircraft products and platforms. Andy was Typhoon Air Vehicle Engineering Manager on a secondment to Eurofighter GmBH in Munich, Germany for 5 years and until recently, Andy spent the last 5 years as Chief Engineer for the Tornado and Jaguar platforms. From April 2016, Andy was appointed into his current role as the Engineering Director and Chief Engineer for F-35 Lightning II, based at Samlesbury, Lancashire.

To register for your free place at the AGM and final lecture of the year, please click here.

Date: Tuesday 13th December, 2016
Time: 18:00 For those not attending the AGM, registration and refreshments from 18:40 hrs, presentation starts at 19:00 hrs as usual.
Location (for both the AGM and presentation): AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre, Brunel Way, Catcliffe, Rotherham, S60 5WG
Cost: Free to RAeS members, Branch Friends and students. £1 for all others.

AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre, Advanced Manufacturing Park, Brunel Way, Rotherham S60 5WG