On Wednesday 3 October, Lower and Upper Sixth Form Design and Technology students paid a visit to JCB and the AMRC Sheffield (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre).

The morning was spent at JCB Headquarters, Rochester, Staffordshire, with a short presentation in the JCB Theatre showing the global manufacturing facilities and products. They then took a tour of the ‘’Story of JCB’’ exhibition and even had time to visit the JCB shop.

The tour then continued onto the assembly line of the world famous Backhoe Loader machine; where students could see the process of how the machine is built from the delivery of the sheet steel, profiling, laser cutting, welding, paint shop, assembly and finally the finished product!

The day was finished off with a visit to the AMRC in Sheffield. The AMRC is a specialist center, carrying out world-leading research into advanced machining, manufacturing and materials.

Partners of the AMRC are global giants like Boeing, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Airbus to some smaller companies.

Students were taken on a tour of the facilities which included:

It was a thoroughly informative and enjoyable day and was a real insight into present and future manufacturing and technology.