The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is a network of world-leading research and innovation centres working with manufacturing companies of any size from around the globe.

We specialise in carrying out world-leading research into advanced machining, manufacturing and materials, which is of practical use to industry.

We transform industrial and economic performance by making step changes in productivity, increasing competitiveness, developing new products and processes and training new talent and skills.

Our 125-plus industrial partners range from global giants like Boeing, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Airbus to small companies. Businesses can work with us on a one-off project, or join us as a member for long-term collaboration.

Our operations have grown significantly since we were founded in 2001 and in 2003 we became the anchor tenant on the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Catcliffe, South Yorkshire.

The AMRC now employs over 500 highly qualified researchers and engineers from around the globe, on the Advanced Manufacturing Park and Sheffield Business Park in South Yorkshire, as well as in Broughton and Preston.

We have 11 core capabilities:

Research projects fall into three categories:

  • Generic research carried out on behalf of the AMRC partnership, with results distributed to all members. Generic projects are agreed by the board of members, and results are shared between all members.
  • Specific research for individual companies. The company invests directly in the research and has exclusive access to any resulting intellectual property.
  • Collaborative projects into technologies and processes at earlier stage of development. These projects are usually funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK, European Commission or other external body, and may involve collaboration with external research and industrial partners.

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is part of the AMRC Group, a cluster of world-class centres for industry-focused research and development of technologies used in high-value manufacturing sectors.

The group has specialist expertise in machining, casting, welding, powder metallurgy, composites, designing for manufacturing, testing and training.

It has a global reputation for helping companies overcome manufacturing problems and has become a model for collaborative research involving universities, academics and industry, worldwide.

Sub-centres of the AMRC include Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future, AMRC Training Centre, Knowledge Transfer Centre (KTC), AMRC Castings, the Medical AMRC, The National Metals Technology Centre, Factory 2050, Composite Centre, Design and Prototyping Centre, Advanced Structural Testing Centre and Industrial Doctorate Centre.

Also located on the Advanced Manufacturing Park is the Nuclear AMRC, which helps UK companies win work in the civil nuclear sector in new build, operations and decommissioning.

In March 2011, the AMRC became part of a new generation of government-backed Technology Innovation Centres, later branded as the Catapults. The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult is a thriving alliance of seven technology and innovation centres working with companies of all sizes to bridge the gap in – and accelerate the activity between – technology concept and commercialisation.

Being part of the HVM Catapult ensures that we play a core role in the revival of the national manufacturing sector. It also allows companies working with us to tap into a national network of manufacturing research excellence.  

If any aspects of a particular challenge fall outside any HVM Catapult member’s areas of expertise, each can call on the other centres’ knowledge and resources.  

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