Professor Keith Ridgway CBE
Co-founder, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is one of the world’s leading manufacturing research and innovation centres, listing Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Airbus and BAE Systems among its partners. Professor Keith Ridgway is a co-founder of the centre – which is now seen by the UK government and industry leaders as a role model for driving economic and social regeneration.
Working with advanced manufacturing companies around the globe, the AMRC transforms economic performance by harnessing technological innovation and smart manufacturing processes. Its research engineers also help industries develop new products and processes, while training talent.
Since its inception in 2000, the AMRC has attracted engineers from around the world, and provides high quality education to its more than 600 staff. The AMRC has also trained more than 1000 apprentices, many of whom will become the next generation of Boeing, McLaren and Rolls-Royce engineers.
The AMRC’s growing stable of cutting-edge research facilities includes the Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future, Factory 2050, AMRC Castings, AMRC Training Centre and the National Metals Technology Centre. Alongside the global giants that make up its membership, the AMRC works with smaller companies and has recently announced new outreach centres in Wales and the North West.
Prior to launching the AMRC, Keith spent 13 years as a lecturer with the University of Sheffield. He established the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in 2009, which helps UK companies win contracts in the civil nuclear sector.