New £7m grant revealed for Sheffield centre

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Millions of pounds will be pumped into a Sheffield centre to maintain the country as a ‘world leader in aerospace’, it has been revealed today.

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Catcliffe will use the £7m grant for research and development into the next generation of aircraft so they will not have to be made abroad.

Specifically, the research will focus on producing the largest titanium castings for aircraft and engine cases, which the UK is currently not capable of making.

The funding from Government and Aerospace Technology Funding will be used to create a new facility at The University of Sheffield centre where companies can develop the capability to melt and manufacture those castings.

It will be announced at a manufacturing summit in Merseyside today, where Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is to speak.

Mr Clegg said: “The UK is the number one aerospace industry in Europe and a world leader in innovation.

“The highly skilled workers at the AMRC in Sheffield are leading the charge for innovative technologies and the Government’s investment of £7 million alongside industry will help to ensure the UK continues to build and design the planes of the future.

“I am working hard to ensure that aerospace continues to boost growth across the country.”

The Government says that up to 27,000 new planes are needed between now and 2030 - so the industry is a large growth area for the UK. The funding is part of the national aerospace industrial strategy.