A castings facility is now operational at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham as part of a major £15m investment that will enable the UK to compete on a global scale, producing some of the biggest titanium aerospace castings in the world.
Construction of the furnace for the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Castings Group was completed last year and in the past few weeks the first tests or “hot commissioning” as it is known, have been completed successfully.
The furnace is capable of melting the 1,000kg of Titanium required to make a 500kg casting and has three interchangeable bodies. It can produce components with a finished weight ranging upwards from 60kg. It is part of a £7m, 13,000 sq ft extension of existing facilities.