Interserve Press Office | Sep 17, 2014
Interserve, the international support services and construction group, has been selected to build ‘Factory 2050’, a £43 million, next generation factory for the aerospace industry in Sheffield.
Factory 2050 is the latest development at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), which was co-founded by the University and U.S. aerospace group Boeing in 2001.
The factory, which is due to be operational in Autumn 2015, is the first of its kind in the UK - a fully reconfigurable assembly and component research facility, capable of quickly switching production of different components and parts.
Gordon Kew, Interserve’s Managing Director for UK Building said:
"This is a truly world class project that will help ensure the region remains at the forefront of the advanced manufacturing sector. Once completed, the facility will provide a fantastic environment for both researchers and engineers.
"We plan to use as many small and medium sized local businesses as possible on the project and generate as many employment and training opportunities as possible to provide a real legacy for the surrounding area.”
Professor Keith Ridgway, Executive Dean of the University of Sheffield’s AMRC with Boeing said:
“Our ambition is for Factory 2050 to be the most advanced factory in the world. Over the last ten years, our initial vision to create a centre where engineering research is translated into real practical applications for world-leading industries has been hugely successful. Factory 2050 is a vital next step in ensuring we can maximise the opportunities and benefits to the Sheffield City Region and secure our place as an international centre for excellence in advanced manufacturing.”
Factory 2050 will combine technologies including advanced robotics, flexible automation, unmanned workspace and off-line programming in virtual environments linked to plug-and-play robotics. Other capabilities will include 3D printing from flexible automated systems, man-machine interfaces along with new programming and training tools.
The facility will be one of the world’s most advanced factories when completed next year, and will be the first building on a new Advanced Manufacturing Campus at the Sheffield Business Park, where up to 1 million square feet of new research facilities will be built over the next decade. Work will begin on site later this month.
The European Regional Development Fund and the Higher Education Funding Council for England have both backed the project, which has brought together the government, business and academics to drive innovation for the good of the UK.
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About the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
The AMRC with Boeing is dedicated to working with manufacturing businesses, from global aerospace giants to local SMEs. Businesses can work with us on a one-off project, or join us as a member for long-term collaboration.
We have over 70 member companies which pay an annual fee to access our resources and expertise, and which help determine our research programme – membership is open to all. Boeing is our founding partner and continues to play a key role in our continuing development.
We also work with many other companies and institutions on individual research and business support projects.