Interserve has been selected to build ‘Factory 2050’, a £43m, next generation factory for the aerospace industry in Sheffield.
Factory 2050 is the latest development at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), which was co-founded by the University and U.S. aerospace group Boeing in 2001.
The factory, which is due to be operational in Autumn 2015, is the first of its kind in the UK - a fully reconfigurable assembly and component research facility, capable of quickly switching production of different components and parts.
Professor Keith Ridgway, executive dean of the University of Sheffield’s AMRC with Boeing said:
“Our ambition is for Factory 2050 to be the most advanced factory in the world. Over the last ten years, our initial vision to create a centre where engineering research is translated into real practical applications for world-leading industries has been hugely successful.
“Factory 2050 is a vital next step in ensuring we can maximise the opportunities and benefits to the Sheffield City Region and secure our place as an international centre for excellence in advanced manufacturing.”
Factory 2050 will combine technologies including advanced robotics, flexible automation, unmanned workspace and off-line programming in virtual environments linked to plug-and-play robotics.
Other capabilities will include 3D printing from flexible automated systems, man-machine interfaces along with new programming and training tools.
The European Regional Development Fund and the Higher Education Funding Council for England have both backed the project.