The AxRC network is a network of seven Advanced Manufacturing Research Centres (five in the UK) that is being established to help Rolls-Royce and other industrial partners achieve Best in Class capability across the full portfolio of manufacturing technologies.
This developing network linking companies, industrial sectors and universities provides a radical new model of collaborative research designed to achieve transformational and step change improvements. The five UK centres together with two others, WMG and Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), were awarded the first Catapult, High Value Manufacturing, guaranteeing long-term government funding to accelerate the commercialisation of new and emerging manufacturing technologies.
The MTC is situated in the Midlands near to Coventry. It is operated by a Company Limited by Guarantee formed by the Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and Loughborough, and TWI Ltd. Investment from the government agencies (AWM & EMDA) was used to build and equip the facility, which opened in July 2011. This is the largest of the research centres with over 12,000 m² of floor space, reflecting the intention to address a broader range of manufacturing processes.
For further information please visit www.the-mtc.org/
CCAM opened in 2012 at the Crosspointe Center in Prince George County, Virginia. University partners include the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.
For further information please visit www.ccam-va.com
The ARTC will be managed by the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) which is a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research. The ARTC will be situated at CleanTech II, a new development located on the campus of Nanyang Technological University. Operations at the Centre are planned to start at the end of 2013 with significant funding support from the Singapore Economic Development Board.
For further information please visit www.artc.a-star.edu.sg
The AMRC is situated in South Yorkshire and managed by the University of Sheffield. Its main facility, the Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future (FoF), opened in 2008. Regional, European and Government agencies have continued to invest in the ongoing development of the AMRC infrastructure, with the 40 per cent expansion of the FoF and the new Knowledge Transfer Centre now open. The next approved phase of expansion will involve the creation of a Design, Prototyping and Testing Centre and the building of a new and enlarged apprentice training academy. The AMRC employs over 200 highly qualified staff.
For further information please visit www.amrc.co.uk
The NCC was launched as a result of the UK Composites Strategy in November 2009 and was formally opened in November 2011. It is based on the Bristol & Bath Science Park and is hosted by the University of Bristol in an 8,500m² state of the art facility, which was supported by ERDF, BIS and regional funding. The NCC acts as the hub for the UK composites industry, and hosts the Composite Skills Alliance organisation which is currently developing accredited training to support industry needs.
For further information please visit www.nccuk.co.uk/
The AFRC is located in Renfrew, Scotland, adjacent to Glasgow Airport. It is operated by The University of Strathclyde in collaboration with Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Government and global engineering organisations.
The current facility is sized at 2,600m² with plans to double its size during 2012-13. Fundamental and applied research is completed using industrial scale equipment across a range of forming and forging processes, e.g. closed & open die forging, superplastic forming, flow forming and rotary forging.
For further information please visit www.strath.ac.uk/afrc/
The Nuclear AMRC is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester, and a consortium of industry partners. It will provide a national focus for development of the UK manufacturing supply chain for nuclear new build and other nuclear market sub-sectors.
For further information, please visit namrc.group.shef.ac.uk/
The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)
The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre