University of Nottingham opens new research facility

Photo by Nottingham University Advanced robotics laboratory at the new AMB

The University of Nottingham has opened the new Advanced Manufacturing Building (AMB) research facility. The AMB will be home to the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IfAM).

The £24m facility features 96,000 sq ft of research and teaching facilities for design, manufacturing and assembly, plus metrology, testing and modelling. The AMB will support research across a series of industries, including aerospace, automotive, food and biomedical.

The AMB is one of the largest facilities of its type in the UK, with more than 400 staff, students and researchers onsite. At the opening of the AMB, Professor Svetan Ratchev, director of the IfAM, said: “Skills challenges remain a key issue for many manufacturing businesses in the UK. The institute will supply technology and specialist skills to support key industrial sectors.”

The IfAM has a total research portfolio of £80m, based on partnerships with a series of companies operating in the UK, including Airbus, BMW, Bentley Motors, GSK, Nestle and PepsiCo. Researchers will look to develop advances in areas including 3D printing, artificial intelligence and robotics.