With help from the European Regional Development Fund, our goal is to help the North West region’s manufacturing community access advanced technologies that will drive improvements in productivity, performance and quality.

AMRC North West is a gateway development on the Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone which is part of the wider Lancashire Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Cluster.

The flagship facility is being built using a £20m grant from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal and extends the University of Sheffield AMRC’s footprint across the north.

AMRC North West will play a key role in driving recovery, growth, productivity and innovation, supporting Lancashire firms to compete nationally and internationally. The creation of a high-performing technical R&D team will enhance the manufacturing base of Lancashire, working with both manufacturing companies and their supply chains.

The cutting-edge research centre will combine modern office workspace with a flexible high-tech workshop facility and a triple-height atrium will form the social hub of the office space where occupants can interact and exchange ideas. A ‘social heart’ space will overlook the workshop where innovation-led R&D will be carried out with a focus on digital and additive manufacturing, vehicle electrification, battery assembly and lightweighting technologies.

Whether you are a large company or an SME manufacturer who wants to improve your productivity, or if you just want to know more about how AMRC North West can help you – we want to hear from you.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Machining
  • Integrated manufacturing
  • Composites
  • Castings
  • Design and prototyping
  • Structural testing
  • Medical
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Virtual reality
  • Robotics and automation
  • 3D printing

AMRC North West supports businesses to engage and adopt Industry 4.0 technologies demystifying and de risking the process through research, collaboration and knowledge.

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5G Factory of the Future

AMRC North West is leading the 5G Factory of the Future project, an open-access industrial testbed that aims to find new and more efficient ways of manufacturing to help lead industry towards a smart, sustainable and resilient future.

The programme will transform manufacturing by unlocking the potential of 5G technologies in the sector to accelerate industrial digitalisation.

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For further information please contact:

AMRC North West
Heatley House, Bowran Street
Preston, Lancashire


01254 947100

AMRC North West
Heatley House, Bowran Street
Preston, Lancashire