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Exciting Future for AMRC Cymru

Philip Barnes
2 December 2020

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The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Cymru in Broughton has hailed the achievements made since it opened for business one year ago as the facility looks to play a key role in developing the manufacturing sector in the future.

The centre, which was funded with £20m from Welsh Government focuses on advanced manufacturing sectors including aerospace, automotive, nuclear and food.

It is predicted the new facility could increase GVA to the Welsh economy by as much as £4bn over the next 20 years.

This year AMRC Cymru played a crucial role in the manufacture of ventilators in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Airbus workers were redeployed as part of the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium of UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses which produced 13,437 ventilators for the NHS in record time.

Engineers at AMRC Cymru have also worked with Food and Drink Wales to produce a guide for safe productive manufacturing during the pandemic for the food and drink industry, building on experiences gained during the ventilator production.

AMRC Cymru will also be establishing a Food and Drink Packaging Sustainability Centre in Broughton following a grant award of £2m from Welsh Government.

Airbus, AMRC Cymru’s first anchor tenant, is continuing with the development of the Wing of Tomorrow programme at the centre following the pause to produce the ventilators. Wing of Tomorrow is Airbus’ largest research and technology programme taking place globally.

It is a global partnership with the entire industry to develop and demonstrate the physical technology and digital capability needed to deliver the next generation of aircraft wing. In 2021, a major Wing of Tomorrow deliverable – to manufacture a 17 metre wing box demonstrator – will be realised.

With Wales in a very challenging and difficult time for manufacturing the establishment of AMRC Cymru gives a great opportunity for the manufacturing sector not only in North Wales but further afield as it looks to the future.

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This story is adapted from an article on Insider Media website, with editorial changes made by the METaL Project.

The METaL Project, which is supported by European Social Fund and Welsh Government and delivered by Swansea University’s College of Engineering can support the great work of the AMRC by offering short work-based training to manufacturing businesses over a wide range of topic areas. The online and accredited courses are currently free of charge for businesses based in Wales.

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