McLaren Automotive’s New Composites Technology Center

November 19 2018

Sheffield City Region's excellence in advanced manufacturing and engineering was showcased with the official opening of McLaren Automotive's new Composites Technology Centre.

The GBP 50 million innovation and manufacturing facility, on the border of Sheffield and Rotherham at the heart of the Advanced Manufacturing Park, aims to become a world-leader in lightweight carbon fiber and composites technology.

It was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Crown Prince of Bahrain, at an event attended by high-profile figures from across Sheffield City Region and the North.

After completing prototyping, the facility will build McLaren’s lightweight carbon fiber chassis for its new road models from 2020, creating more than 200 jobs and providing an estimated GBP 100 million of GVA (gross value added) benefit to the local economy by 2028.

Sheffield City Region made a financial investment into the project, while partners including the University of Sheffield, Sheffield City Council and Rotherham Council have worked closely with McLaren throughout the process.

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