McLaren Automotive investment to supercharge Sheffield

McLaren Automotive investment to supercharge Sheffield

09 February 2017

Internationally renowned McLaren Automotive’s is to open a research and production facility in the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID) on the Sheffield–Rotherham border. The move, which is seen as a significant investment in the UK and in AMID, will create 200 jobs, boosting the local economy by £100 million over the next 10 years. 

The creation of the new McLaren Composites Technology Centre close to Factory 2050 at AMID represents the company’s first purpose-built facility outside of the current McLaren campus, and shows significant confidence in Sheffield and the wider region. 

Creative Sheffield, the business-facing arm of Sheffield City Council, was instrumental in securing McLaren Automotive’s move to the city, working closely with University of Sheffield’s AMRC and the Sheffield City Region team to bring the supercar producers on board. 

Formed through a partnership between McLaren Automotive, the University of Sheffield’s AMRC and Sheffield City Council, the new Composites Technology Centre will create more than 200 jobs through a combined investment of nearly £50 million. 

In making this investment, McLaren Automotive will join Rolls Royce and other planned aerospace and automotive investors developing their products of the future at AMID. 

Councillor Leigh Bramall, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council and Cabinet Member for Business and Economy, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for Sheffield, its people and workforce, and its growing research and development sector. 

“It is further proof that AMID is the place for leading manufacturers to come not only for research and development and industrial collaboration, but also for production. 

“This combination of value-adding research and development investment and related production employment is the key to our future economic success.  

“We offer something unique here in Sheffield and Rotherham – a cutting-edge manufacturing base that links our two Universities and leading businesses to create jobs and investment across the Sheffield City Region. 

“Our team has led the charge to create a place that draws in and develops world-class people and a place where the world's leading companies come to explore new technologies and operating methods and deliver research and technology into the UK's supply and value chains.”

Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive said: “The now-iconic McLaren F1 was the world’s first road car to be built with a carbon fibre chassis and every car built more recently by McLaren Automotive has the same. Creating a facility where we can manufacture our own carbon fibre chassis structures is therefore a logical next step. 

“We evaluated several options to achieve this objective but the opportunity created by the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the University of Sheffield was compelling. 

“At the AMRC, we will have access to some of the world’s finest composites and materials research capabilities, and I look forward to building a world-class facility and talented team at the new McLaren Composites Technology Centre.” 

The new McLaren Composites Technology Centre will be a catalyst for innovation-led manufacturing across the Sheffield City Region (SCR) and Northern Powerhouse, attracting new international investors and generating a research and development revolution. 

The AMP has already seen a decade of development, propelled by the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and a growing cluster of advanced manufacturing and technology firms. 

The AMRC is now expanding the development of world class research facilities on to Sheffield Business Park with the building of Factory 2050 and the 50-acre AMRC 2 campus. The AMID will also encompass the new Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre with Toshiba at the Olympic Legacy Park. 

People that would like to learn more about the opportunities to invest and grow their business in Sheffield should contact the Invest Sheffield team.