Region’s manufacturing and engineering companies invited to exclusive event at AMRC

Destination Chesterfield, the town’s marketing campaign, is offering Chesterfield and North Derbyshire’s manufacturing and engineering businesses the opportunity to become involved with The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, a world-class centre for advanced machining and materials research for high-value manufacturing sectors.

Information on how to get involved, as well the latest funding and training opportunities across the region, will be presented by the campaign’s Manufacturing and Engineering Forum, which is holding its next event at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Catcliffe, Rotherham.

Only 15 places are available at the free event, which is being held on Tuesday 2nd May at 9.30am and includes a tour of the world-class facility.

James Brand, chair of the Manufacturing and Engineering Forum and also managing director of Chesterfield manufacturing company United Cast Bar, said:

The region’s manufacturing and engineering sector is an important part of Chesterfield’s heritage. Like any industry, we cannot afford to be complacent and we must be at the forefront of developments within it.

The Forum gives companies a platform to share best practice as well as develop partnerships with industry-leading organisations, like AMRC, which will help ensure our presence remains in Chesterfield for many more years to come.

The Forum was established in 2011, to represent the views of the manufacturing and engineering sector in Chesterfield to ensure it is being represented within Chesterfield, SCR and D2n2LEP.

The AMRC was established in 2001 as a £15 million collaboration between the University of Sheffield and aerospace giant Boeing, with support from Yorkshire Forward and the European Regional Development Fund.

The AMRC now forms the core of the University of Sheffield AMRC group, along with the Nuclear AMRC, which is applying the same collaborative research model to the civil nuclear manufacturing supply chain; Namtec, which provides training and consultancy to the UK metals manufacturing supply chain; the Knowledge Transfer Centre, which opened in early 2012 to help us engage businesses along the manufacturing supply chain; and the new AMRC Training Centre, which will provide advanced apprenticeship and higher training from autumn 2013.

For further information about Destination Chesterfield, or to become a Chesterfield Champion, visit

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