The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Sheffield has appointed a former Siemens MD as its new Executive Director.
Steve Foxley, who has held senior positions with Siemens in the UK, Europe and China, will join the University of Sheffield AMRC – which is part of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult – on 20 January 2020.
He will lead the Management Board to develop and strengthen relationships with new and existing industrial partners; engage with government to identify opportunities for further strategic development of the AMRC; and establish relationships with key stakeholders to ensure the continued development and investment in the City Region and Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District.
“At the AMRC we have an ecosystem for the University to work with government and industry to address productivity, processes and skills in a range of sectors – including aerospace, energy, construction and all types of manufacturing,” said Professor Koen Lamberts, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield.
He added: “Steve shares our ambition for the AMRC to play a much larger role in the wider northern economy; accelerating the adoption of the Industry 4.0 technologies as set out in the government’s Industrial Strategy.”
Mr Foxley said: “The need for the translational manufacturing research and development (R&D) skills of the AMRC has never been greater and and I am excited to be working with such an experienced and talented team to further the AMRC’s global reputation as a place of world leading innovation.”