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The AMRC was established in 2001 as a £15 million collaboration between the University of Sheffield and aerospace giant Boeing, with support from Yorkshire Forward and the European Regional Development Fund.
In 2004, the AMRC moved into a purpose-built facility as the anchor tenant for the Advanced Manufacturing Park. The centre grew rapidly and, after securing a further £10 million funding, opened the 4,500sq m AMRC Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future in 2008.
The original building now houses the Advanced Structural Testing Centre and will soon undergo a major upgrade and expansion to create a new Design Prototyping and Testing Centre. A 1,800sq m extension to the Factory of the Future was opened to house an expanded Composite Centre opened in 2012.
The AMRC now forms the core of the University of Sheffield AMRC group, along with the Nuclear AMRC, which is applying the same collaborative research model to the civil nuclear manufacturing supply chain: the Knowledge Transfer Centre, which opened in early 2012 to help us engage businesses along the manufacturing supply chain; and the new AMRC Training Centre, which will provide advanced apprenticeship and higher training from autumn 2013.