A pioneering partnership between luxury sports car producer McLaren Automotive and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has led to the development of a significant new manufacturing facility, bringing a £100 million boost to the economy.
The high-performance supercar manufacturer is creating a new purpose-built Composites Technology Centre in the North of England’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, a world-class centre of manufacturing excellence within the Sheffield City Region.
This builds on the continued international success of the AMRC as an epicentre of regional and national economic impact, a source of life-changing apprenticeship opportunities for young people in industry and a large-scale innovation hub for some of the world’s most dynamic businesses.
This investment – and the innovation, jobs, training and opportunities it offers – is hugely significant for Sheffield City Region, the North of England and the UK’s global, industrial ambitions.
The Composites Technology Centre will be responsible for the development and manufacturing of advanced carbon fibre chassis for McLaren Automotive’s supercars, creating more than 200 jobs through a combined investment of nearly £50 million. Based in the UK’s first Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, the site of the new centre offers world-class research, skills and partnerships.
McLaren Automotive and the University of Sheffield will deliver a two-year research and development programme, which will lead to the development of a production facility to build its lightweight carbon fibre chassis for its new models from 2020. The University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre are also training McLaren apprentices who will work in the new facility.