Advanced Manufacturing Park
The Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) is a 100-acre (0.40 km 2) manufacturing technology park on the Rotherham/ Sheffield border in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, facing the Sheffield Business Park across the Parkway. Technologies on the AMP centre on materials and structures, covering metallic and composite materials, typically used in precision industries including; aerospace, automotive, sport, environmental, nuclear, and energy, oil and gas, defence and construction. Technology developed on the AMP is already being utilised in leading edge projects, such as within Formula One and the next generation of military and commercial aircraft, including the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Organisations currently located on the AMP include; Nuclear ARMC, a Westinghouse, Areva, Sheffield Forgemasters JV, AMRC, a Boeing / University of Sheffield partnership; Rolls-Royce; Castings Technology International (Cti); Dormer Tools, Bromley Technologies, Exova, Struers, Xeros, and TWI Technology Centre (Yorkshire). The vision for the AMP emerged from the decline that South Yorkshire had seen in its traditional industries of coal and steel over the last twenty years. Despite this decline the region had retained established skills and expertise in the areas of advanced manufacturing, backed by materials research expertise within the two Sheffield universities, and other independent research organisations. Yorkshire Forward and UK Coal created a joint venture to reclaim land on the former opencast colliery at Waverley, Rotherham and to develop the AMP. Monies from the European Union's European Regional Development Fund have also supported the project.

Development history
2010 The AMP will be home to the new £25 million Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) led by the University of Sheffield with Rolls-Royce. The Nuclear AMRC is a joint initiative with industry, The University of Sheffield and The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute. The consortium forms part of the Government’s Low Carbon Industrial Strategy and is at the forefront of enhancing manufacturing capability by assisting members to increase quality, reliability and efficiency and reducing costs and complexity. It is expected to draw together some 30 partner high-tech manufacturing suppliers who are committed to meeting UK demand and playing a significant part in global markets through the production of high-value, low-volume systems and components in a competitive manner. The building is due to be completed by the end of 2011. 2009 Construction completed on a 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m 2). building adjacent to the existing Castings Technology International (Cti) headquarters building. The £4.7 million project increases Cti’s presence on the AMP to over 90,000 sq ft (8,400 m 2). The new facility will house additional R&D equipment, production-scale ‘technology demonstrators' and a major investment in state-of-the-art equipment to finish, inspect and certify castings to the highest integrity standards required by industrial clients. Dormer Tools located to the AMP as part of the Evolution @ the AMP development of light industrial units. New investments and opportunities at Dormer's Product Development Centre and Composite Competence Centre at the AMP will provide a strong foundation for future development activities of High Performance Drilling and Specialist Applications. The Research and Development Centre has the ability to provide greater understanding of drilling and its dynamics. The investments include the building of a state of the art research and development laboratory, with the purchase of a number of DMG machines for testing of new product developments in metal and composite drilling. 2008 The Rolls-Royce "Factory of the Future with Boeing" was built as part of the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). The Factory is purpose built to house the latest manufacturing equipment and production capabilities. Information Communications Technology (ICT) and 'virtual' manufacturing will be key components of the new facility, as will alternative manufacturing methods, such as additive manufacturing processes which grow 3-dimensional parts; considerably reducing material waste and increasing design flexibility. Construction was completed by the end of 2007, and the facility officially opened in Summer 2008. The AMRC also expanded outside of its traditional expertise in metallic-based materials, into the increasingly important area of composites. The AMRC Composite Centre is a research, design, manufacturing and technology transfer centre for composites developed for general manufacturing and aerospace applications. The increase in the importance of composites is shown by the fact that 50% (by volume) of Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner will be constructed in composite materials. The extension to the AMP Technology Centre was opened which includes a 56m three blade wind turbine, visible from the M1 motorway around Junction 33. 2006 Yorkshire Forward complete the construction of the main wing of the AMP Technology Centre, 27,000 sq ft (2,500 m 2) of offices and workshops to cater for small high-growth companies in the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials sector. 2005 Castings Technology International construct a 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m 2) building. This research and technology, member-based organisation has expertise in casting design, materials development and selection, specifications, manufacturing technologies, quality control, testing and performance. Cti have a global membership base. TWI build a 20,000 sq ft (1,900 m 2) Yorkshire Technology Centre - R&D centre for Fibre Laser Processing, Friction Stir Welding, Laser Direct Metal Deposition, Cold Spraying. The building houses one of the largest friction stir welding machines in the world with over 130KW of spindle power. The machine has 12 programmable machine axes, a maximum down force of 15 tonnes and operates over an area of 6m x 3m. 2004 The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing moved onto the AMP.

UK's First Hydrogen Powered Building
In 2006, the regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward, opened an innovation technology centre providing small office and workshop space for new and growing manufacturing technology companies. Late 2008 saw the completion of an extension to the AMP Technology Centre, designed for companies developing new energy and environmental technologies. A unique feature of the building will be a sophisticated energy system, developed by TNEI Services Ltd. and the Pure Energy Centre, which will both reduce the electricity demand of the operation of the building and the activities of its occupiers from the network and which will also have the capacity to export electricity to the local electrical network. Electricity will be generated from a 225 kW wind turbine at the edge of the site, attached to an electrolysis unit which will convert some of the wind energy into hydrogen. The hydrogen will then be stored in composite cylinders and fed to a 30 kW fuel cell when required to provide electricity to the building during the day and potentially supplying the National Grid with surplus power. The building will be attached to traditional electricity supplies in case of an emergency but it is expected that this building will be fully self-sufficient. It will also demonstrate Future Energy Concepts, some of which will focus on hydrogen production, storage and power generation, which will be actively used to manage the building demands and to make maximum use of the installed wind capacity. The hydrogen storage will provide a buffer to allow the facility to continue generating power in low-wind conditions and to provide an on-site electricity consumer for excess power generation when building occupancy is low (i.e. overnight and weekends). The aim is to make the entire project zero carbon. The building itself will have very low energy emissions. It will be heated by a network of pipes set into the concrete, supplied by water from bore holes heated naturally to 28 degrees Celsius. In the summer the water will remain at its normal 12 degrees Celsius, cooling the building.

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