Most advanced factory in the world to be built in Rotherham

A £43 million factory will be the most advanced on the planet when it is built on a high-tech Rotherham business park next year.

It has been designed to meet the future needs of aerospace and other high-value manufacturing industries.

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, with the University of Sheffield and Boeing, has secured the necessary funding to make Factory 2050 a reality.

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Prof Keith Ridgway, executive dean of the University of Sheffield AMRC, said: “This will be the most advanced factory in the world.

“The aim is to be able to manufacture any component as a one-off, and instantaneously switch between components.

“This will be a totally reconfigurable factory, one of the goals of the advanced manufacturing research strategy.”

Factory 2050 will combine advanced robotics, virtual environments, 3D printing and new programming and training tools.

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Around 50 researchers will be based at the 4,500 sq metre centre when it is completed around the end of 2014.

Leading manufacturers including Boeing, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Spirit AeroSystems are also committed to supporting the development.