Pioneering cross-border collaboration provides crucial support for building and shaping community in the UK


Advanced Forming Research Center

The UK‘s forging and forming community is set to benefit from a unique route to state-of-the-art equipment and world-class academic expertise from both north and south of the border, thanks to a new partnership between two research organizations from foreground in the world.

The Henry Royce Institute (Royce), the national institute for advanced materials research and innovation, hosted the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Center (AFRC), a center within the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland Group, as Associate Partner.

Ready to share their equipment and expertise with their respective networks, the two organizations will provide opportunities for forging and forming shops to access the latest facilities and groundbreaking capabilities to explore sustainable manufacturing methods and reduce costs. .

The partnership is launched with the AFRC, one of seven UK centers forming part of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) catapult, taking delivery of a Schuler Precision Linear Forge, originally for the Henry Royce Institute .

The arrival of the equipment will allow manufacturing companies to exploit forging technology which can potentially increase energy efficiency and reduce cycle times during production.

Fantastic research

By joining forces with Royce’s founding partners – the universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London, as well as the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and associated partner Cranfield University, AFRC and its customers and partners will benefit from a direct link to the institute’s academic and industrial community, meeting industrial R&D requirements and readiness.

Professor Brad Wynne, Research Director, Advanced Forming Research Center (AFRC), said: “Royce is a critical national asset for advanced materials research and innovation to promote economic growth and a sustainable society. The Advanced Forming Research Center is delighted to join as an associate partner and engage in all the fantastic research undertaken across all partner organizations.

We look forward to engaging with Royce’s academic and industrial community and inviting them to join forces with our colleagues to explore how our facilities can support them.

The new partnership follows the AFRC’s recent opening of a dedicated forging office in Sheffield and the announcement that it has welcomed Sheffield Forgemasters as an entry-level member as it continues to develop links with businesses in the region.

Henry Royce CEO, Professor David Knowles, added: “The Advanced Forming Research Center joins Royce as an associate partner thanks to its strong capabilities across its research and facilities and a clear alignment on our research areas in advanced metal processing and material systems development. for demanding environments.

“He will bring significant expertise and support our core facility offering to industry and academia.”

Societal impact

Formed in 2015 as a result of the UK Government‘s Northern Powerhouse proposal, designed to drive economic growth in the North of England, the Henry Royce Institute aims to support and develop globally recognized excellence in research on materials in the UK, accelerating commercial exploitation and delivering positive economic and societal impact. for the UK.

It aims to ensure that academics and industry in the UK materials community have access to world-class research capacity, infrastructure, expertise and skills development.

Helen Lightbody, Chief Operating Officer, Advanced Forming Research Centre, said: “We look forward to future collaborative opportunities that will allow us to support organizations in Manchester, Sheffield, the wider university community and beyond. With the right strategy in place, we hope to have a positive impact on the UK manufacturing sector and economy.

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