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Exova joins aerospace research experts

News International-French

24 May 2012

Global testing group Exova will be able to draw expertise from the most innovative aerospace research projects after becoming a member of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

The AMRC plays a vital role in the successful operation of the UK aerospace sector, working with over 60 partners, from global aerospace manufacturers to local SMEs.


Exova has become a Tier 2 member, allowing the company to have full access to results of all generic research projects, as well as the resources and capabilities of the AMRC.


The body offers a world-class centre for advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high manufacturing sectors in four key areas; machining, assembly, composite materials and structural testing.


Stuart Abbs, director of aerospace at Exova, said: “This is not only great news for the company, but for our clients as well. Continually developing our expertise is a major part of our strategy and having access to the latest industry research, as well as learning from the leading industry names, and academics, will prove invaluable.


“We work across all stages of the aerospace development cycle, from original design to production release, so developing the most cutting-edge manufacturing techniques and production technologies is vital to ensure we continue to work with the world’s leading primes.


“This membership can only help and we look forward to working with the AMRC to assist in the continued success of the aerospace sector.”


Based at the University of Sheffield, the AMRC was set up in collaboration with Boeing, which continues to play a key role both financially and operationally in its success. The main aim is to identify, research and resolve advanced manufacturing problems. It employs over 200 highly qualified researchers and engineers from around the globe.

The AMRC is part of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Institute alongside the Nuclear AMRC, which applies the same collaborative model to the power generation industry; and the new Knowledge Transfer Centre, a dedicated training space giving members an insight into the latest manufacturing, machining and assembly techniques developed at the AMRC.


The AMRC is a partner in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a national network of leading research centres supported by the Technology Strategy Board.