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Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Korea (AMRC Korea) has been launched to build on the technological successes of joint projects.

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Korea (AMRC Korea) is a non-profit organisation which is a part of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Group and has been launched to build on the technological successes of joint projects involving the AMRC in the UK and other Korean high-value manufacturing R&D institutes and companies.

 AMRC Korea conducts manufacturing technology research projects required by Korea’s high value industries and  delegates these research projects to related research centers of the AMRC Group. 

Through B2B meetings with UK companies, we felt that the UK companies have a lot of interest in the Korean market and Korean technology. We hope that these meetings will build a strong cooperation system between Korea and UK companies, led by AMRC Korea. 

  Hanjoo Metal, Collaborative Partner  

South Korea-UK Global Network Workshop 

AMRC Korea are hosting a Global Network Workshop at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Sheffield with the purpose of building a global network for overseas expansion and R&D collaboration between South Korea and the UK.


South Korea-UK Global Network Workshop

AMRC Korea are hosting a Global Network Workshop at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Sheffield with the purpose of building a global network for overseas expansion and R&D collaboration between South Korea and the UK.


South Korea-UK Global Network Workshop for Overseas Expansion
12 December 2019 AMRC Korea hosted a Global Network Workshop at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Sheffield with the purpose of building a global network for overseas expansion and R&D collaboration between South Korea and the UK. The event was held in Sheffield, UK, to establish global collaboration system with AMRC members and UK companies and to discover global R&D partners.The event, which began with a visit to the AMRC Center on the 2nd, included an introduction to the latest manufacturing technology and tours. The event included seminars on the current R&D status and business support at each centre, such as Composite Center, DPTC Centre, Machining Center, and Factory 2050, visits to manufacturing sites through lab tours by center, and technical consulting by centres.Five Korean companies - Hanjoo Metal, Jungrok, Next Generation Materials, N'think, Ajin Industrial - visited the UK and had meetings with AMRC industrial members as Korean companies are keen to discuss the potential for business and technology collaboration. Technical exchanges and business meetings with UK companies were held on the topics of  lightweight parts manufacturing, carbon composite parts manufacturing, technology development collaboration between South Korea and UK companies, and global R&D collaboration consortia.
South Korea-UK Global Network Workshop for Advanced Materials
16 October 2019  South Korea-UK Global Network Workshop in association with Innovate UK, the UK's innovation agency... Established global R&D collaboration system between South Korea-UK companiesThe event was held at the Lotte Hotel Ulsan on the 13th to promote the collaboration system between South Korea and UK companies and to discover global R&D partners.The 'South Korea-UK Global Network Workshop' hosted by AMRC Korea is a part of the 'Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP)' promoted by the UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK.The Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP) is a programme funded by the UK government, aiming for economic growth by promoting active knowledge sharing, technology transfer, R&D, and technology commercialisation. It selects global companies with excellent technologies in specific fields and provides global collaboration opportunities with overseas companies, research institutes, and universities. At this event, 14 UK companies from the advanced materials sector visited Korea and had B2B meetings with domestic companies that wish to find business, technical collaboration, and R&D partners to enter the UK and European market.
Korean students glide out of the ‘awesome’ AMRC
18 September 2019 A group of South Korean students have ended an awesome four-week visit to the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) by experiencing what it’s truly like to be an engineer in designing, manufacturing and then testing their own gliders. Twenty-six undergraduates, from five universities, took part in the International Industrial Demonstration Programme (IIDP), a collaboration between the AMRC UK and the AMRC Korea in Jeonju. Established in 2016, AMRC Korea works closely with manufacturing industries, R&D institutes, local governments (Ulsan Metropolitan city and Gyeongbuk province) and universities in South Korea.During their month in the UK, the students were shown the entire Advanced Manufacturing Park with tours of the AMRC’s network of world-leading research and innovation centres including machining, composite manufacturing, additive manufacturing, assembly and digital technology, as well as Nuclear AMRC, the AMRC Training Centre and Castings Technology International (CTI).“We wanted to show them the work of the AMRC, but we were also keen to give them a real engineering experience and help them understand the life of an engineer, that’s why we set them the glider challenge,” said Miguel Moreira, Technical Lead at the Composite Centre, who managed the IIDP.The challenge was to design and manufacture a glider, using materials and equipment available at the AMRC, to be tested against each other. The winning prototype would be the one that spent the longest in flight.“It is a good example of what they will find in their careers. The issues, difficulties and design constraints on this project are much like the ones engineers encounter in the real world every day,” said Miguel.Five groups were introduced to composites, trained in computer-aided design (CAD) and given a presentation on basic glider design. “But we deliberately left it incomplete,” said Research Engineer, Craig Atkins, who set the glider challenge, “to encourage the students to do their own research.”“We split them up so they weren’t all from the same university, so as well as the technical issues, they were also having to work with people they haven’t really interacted with before. When things started to go wrong, there was a team dynamic to negotiate as well as the engineering task. We wanted to encourage them to rise to the challenge because that is what we do as engineers.”Kyungtae Ryoo, from Hongik University, said: “We compared different models to choose which was best. The wing support didn’t quite turn out as designed so we changed it after testing. We used 3D printing for the fuselage and the wing.”Sujeong Choi, from the University of Ulsan, added: “We went with a rectangular wing for our glider as it was easy to build, stable in flight and would extend the maximum distance in flight.“We had so many problems with the head part, it needed a lot of trial and error to find one that was properly balanced. In the end we chose a design we called ‘Magnum’ because it looked like an ice cream.”“By their final week, they had created the mould tools, machined them and finished their 3D printed components. The teams could then redesign if they needed to and fine tune. So in two weeks, they went from nothing to having a glider,” said Miguel.On a windy autumnal morning, the students were introduced to Stocksbridge Rugby Club on the edge of the Peak District to test their prototypes using a catapult made by composite engineer Mark Sherriff and composite technician Joshua Oxley. The winning glider was airborne for just over five seconds.Building on the partnership between the AMRC, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC), and AMRC Korea was an important part of the programme according to Craig: “For the University of Sheffield and the AMRC it’s important to have that engagement with AMRC Korea so these students are another connecting link.“We spent some time at the University’s Faculty of Engineering, gave them a campus tour, looked at the postgraduate opportunities and gave them a flavour of life in South Yorkshire.Hyeonho Noh, from Jeonju University, said: “I’ve had a really good time here. I want to go into research after University so spending time at the AMRC has been really enlightening.“It has been great experiencing life in the United Kingdom as well; we went shopping, visited Sheffield Cathedral and socialised on West Street on an evening.“The AMRC is an awesome place and we have all been really happy to spend time here.”Principally though, the IIDP was about giving the students an engineering experience, as Miguel explained: “As an engineer, you are given criteria you need to deliver to, you think it is going one way and then you have problems, but you have to go beyond those difficulties to deliver. We hope that is what they have learned with the glider challenge.”
Nuclear Decommissioning Technology Exchange
15 August 2019 'South Korea-UK nuclear decommissioning technology exchange and overseas expansion promotion workshop' was held in Ulsan.The workshop was held in Ulsan to promote nuclear decommissioning technology development and collaboration with overseas companies. On the 13th, domestic and overseas nuclear decommissioning experts and officials attended the “South Korea-UK nuclear decommissioning technology exchange and overseas expansion promotion workshop” to provide opportunities for technology exchange. With 25 reactors producing a third of electricity, South Korea has long been a leader in nuclear energy. But with its first commercial reactor – Kori-1 – shutting down in 2017, South Korea is preparing to enter a new era of nuclear decommissioning.With a wealth of decommissioning experience at home, the UK has the opportunity to support South Korea with its decommissioning and international new-build programmes. South Korea-UK collaboration could be crucial to helping South Korea achieve its decommissioning goals in a safe and economic manner.Nuclear AMRC led the UK delegation of nuclear suppliers to meet key organisations in the South Korean decommissioning sector. The UK delegates met with South Korean government officials and representatives from key nuclear companies such as Kepco and KHNP, and visit the Kori 1 plant.“The UK is the world's first to build and operate nuclear power plants, but it has stopped operating more than 30 nuclear power plants, and many of them have been decommissioned or are in progress,” said Lee Jounghwan, Executive Director of AMRC Korea. "Looking forward to maintaining close collaborative relationships and to creating synergy through collaboration."Professor Neil Hyatt, Materials Science and Engineering at University of Sheffield, explained the current status of radioactive waste management research.“Nuclear decommissioning is a time-consuming and costly work, and the UK is currently supporting a lot of basic research to develop new technologies. "University of Sheffield are working on projects related to general decommissioning."

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