Luxury sports car manufacturer McLaren Automotive has announced it will open a new purpose-built facility at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), a move that will create 200 jobs.
Developed with the support of Sheffield City Council, the Composites Technology Centre will be responsible for the development and manufacturing of advanced carbon fibre
chassis for McLaren Automotive’s supercars.
Professor Keith Ridgway, executive dean at the University of Sheffield's AMRC, comments: "In many respects it represents a new model that repositions manufacturing in Sheffield, taking it on from coal and steel to high-performance components for the automotive, as well as the aerospace, sector.
"We will be working with McLaren Automotive on the construction of the carbon fibre
chassis and further research, and we are talking about the supply chain. It is our ambition that supply chain companies will start to build factories here to supply the chassis plant."
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