1: Partnering with the AMRC to improve productivity

The AMRC was working on a research project to enable robots to accurately machine holes in composite aircraft components. After collaborating with KUKA Systems the project matured into a production system. BAE Systems saw the potential to integrate this method into its manufacturing processes and has now installed the technology in its UK factories in Preston and Blackpool, where it will be used to process a wide range of composite components for military aircraft.

This highlights that spillover effects of innovation are not local. The core research and high-value work took place on the AMP, while the output from the research was applied to support production line activity which takes place in other parts of the country.