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20th November 2018, Sheffield

McLaren opens at the UK’s AMRC

The £50 million McLaren Automotive Composites Technology Centre in Sheffield, UK, was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Crown Prince of Bahrain on 14 November.

After completing prototyping, the facility, at the heart of University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), will build McLaren’s lightweight carbon fibre chassis for its new road models from 2020, creating more than 200 jobs and providing an estimated £100 million of GVA (gross value added) benefit to the local economy by 2028.

The centre was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Crown Prince of Bahrain on 14 November. © McLaren

Sheffield City Region made a financial investment into the project, while partners including the University of Sheffield, Sheffield City Council and Rotherham Council have worked closely with McLaren throughout the process.

 “We know that our region is world-leading in advanced manufacturing and engineering,” said the mayor of Sheffield Dan Jarvis at the opening. “Investments from companies such as Siemens, Rolls Royce and Boeing are testament to our growing international reputation for excellence, so it’s great to see McLaren Automotive also opening here, demonstrating further confidence in our strong manufacturing heritage, confidence in our workforce’s ability to deliver, and confidence in the cutting-edge collaborations between university and business that enable us to lead the world.

McLaren will also be a key part of the ‘Global Innovation Corridor’, creating a connected set of research and business interactions based on our advanced manufacturing and engineering strengths.

“Today marks a hugely significant moment for South Yorkshire, the wider Northern Powerhouse, and indeed for the UK,” Jarvis added.

“Our partnership with McLaren will help develop synergies between future powertrain development and the clever use of lighter materials to save weight and reduce the energy needed to power them,” said Keith Ridgway, executive dean of the AMRC. “If the UK is to win the weight race, industry and government and universities must continue to work closely to ensure we make the most of what Composites UK estimates to be a £12 billion market by 2030. That’s why we continue to invest significantly in our lightweighting capability.”

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