The University of Sheffield is setting up a branch of its Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing in the Republic of Korea.
The new Korean AMRC, called KAMRC, is being established following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the University, the Korea Institute of Carbon Convergence Technology, Jeonju University and Jeonju City. The agreement builds on an earlier MoU, signed in 2012 by the University, KCTECH and Jeonju City, which heralded the start of a new international collaboration.
Since then several projects have been undertaken and KCTECH was officially recognised as an associated laboratory by the AMRC early this year.
One project led to researchers from the AMRC, KCTECH and the SsangYong Motor Company winning the JEC Asia Award for innovation in automotive applications for their work on developing a composite acoustic cover for a car engine bay that could be cured in an industrial microwave.
An AMRC spokesperson said: “The new MoU will lead to further collaboration on research, support Korean suppliers to AMRC partners and promote educational cooperation on the joint development of manufacturing courses and student exchanges. The KAMRC will be a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Sheffield.”
The MoU was signed during a visit to South Korea by Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, executive dean of the AMRC, Richard Scaife, head of the AMRC Composites Group, and Jounghwan Lee, who was involved in the scheme which won the JEC Asia Award.