BOEING has renewed its long-standing link with Rotherham’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre — signing up for another five years.
The Tier 1 partnership gives the aerospace firm access to research and development capabilities at the AMRC, which it jointly founded with the University of Sheffield 20 years ago.
Boeing Europe president Sir Martin Donnelly said renewing showed continued commitment to jobs, innovation, inspiration and investment.
“At its core, the agreement looks to the future and what more we can achieve through world-class researchers and industry working together,” he added.
The world-leading AMRC has more than 120 partners, including Rolls-Royce, McLaren Automotive, Siemens and BAE Systems.
Boeing’s relationship led it to build its first European factory at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, a £40 million investment which opened in 2018.
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AMRC chief executive Steve Foxley said: “Boeing has been with us from the beginning, when the AMRC first started out on this incredible journey to make things better for manufacturing.
“As we launch into the next 10-year chapter of the AMRC story, Boeing renewing this partnership sends out a strong signal of confidence in the region’s advanced manufacturing excellence, innovation and expertise.”
Rotherham Council leader Cllr Chris Read said: “For the last 20 years, the AMRC has been at the forefront of the Rotherham economy, opening the door to major inward investment, training thousands of people, and redefining what manufacturing means locally.
“Boeing’s partnership has been one of the key reasons for its success, so it’s great to hear that even in the current economic climate they are renewing their commitment to our part of the world.
“We look forward to the coming years of cutting-edge research and all the associated benefits that it brings.”
THE AMRC has signed an agreement with The Alan Turing Institute to work together on developing artificial intelligence in manufacturing.
The memorandum of understanding will see researchers aiming to find solutions to some of the big challenges facing the industry, including rising the demand and the response to Covid-19.
Prof Rab Scott, head of digital at the AMRC, said: “Bringing these world-class organisations together will provide a tremendously valuable resource for the UK’s manufacturing sector.”