Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) & High Value Manufacturing Catapult


Company Overview: The Advanced Forming Research Centre is a globally-recognised centre of excellence in innovative manufacturing technologies, engineering research and development, and metal forming and forging research.
Our focus is to build and develop capabilities that help businesses overcome manufacturing challenges and become more competitive.


AFRC are interested to meet with delegates to discuss the following topics:

1. Equipment manufacturers who wish to challenge the existing supply chain or method of manufacture, to unlock cost and lead time reduction.

2. Companies who are seeking alternative methods of manufacture, with the challenge to achieve cost or weight reduction and maintain quality and integrity.

3. Organisations interested in joining manufacturing innovation programs, identifying alternative methods to adopt.

4. Companies seeking assistance in identifying, developing and demonstrating innovative solutions.

AFRC provide open access to our £60m state-of-the-art facility, established in 2009 that has delivered over 400 projects. By taking a structured approach to product, process & technology development, the AFRC helps customers de-risk and accelerate the introduction of new technologies, materials and processes.
The centre’s work may cover any part of the product development cycle – whether design for manufacture, process technology development, mechanical testing, material characterisation, validation trials or supporting deployment in their customer’s approved supply chain.

For more information: AFRC overview brochure