Launch of the Advanced Metal Processing Centre and The Constellium R&D Centre

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to unveil speakers for the AMPC and Constellium R&D Centre for Automotive Structures and Industry at Brunel University London on 13 June. Please see programme below.

Following presentations there will be a networking lunch and then the opportunity to visit the new facilities, learn about their function, meet out researchers at the poster board exhibit, and enjoy the opportunity to network with industry and academia.

I encourage you to stay for the John Hunt Memorial Lecture presented by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) that will be delivered by this year’s winner – Professor Lindsay Greer, Professor of Materials Science at Cambridge University. Lindsay will be presenting on the “Solidification of metals: interest and importance across the full range of supercooling“. The lecture takes place at 3.30pm and will be followed by more networking and refreshments.

Our team of academics will be available during the day for discussions should you have an questions related to reseach collaboration. Please email and we will do our best to arrange a meeting.

Do join us! Please register your place for the launch and the lecture following this Eventbrite link.

Best wishes,


Professor Zhongyun Fan
Director of BCAST, Brunel University London


11.00   Registration and refreshments

11.30   Opening Remarks from the Chair
            Dr Mark White, former JLR Technical Specialist on Light Weight Vehicle Structures

            Professor Julia Buckingham
            Vice Chancellor and President, Brunel University London

            Graham Stuart MP
            Minister for Investment, Department for International Trade

            Alice Frost
            Head of Knowledge Exchange Policy, HEFCE / UK Research & Innovation

            Professor Zhongyun Fan
            Director of BCAST, Brunel University London 

            Paul Warton
            President of Automotive Structures & Industry Business Unit, Constellium

            Andrew Barlow
            Evoque Programme Manager, Jaguar Land Rover

            Q&A – Chaired by Dr Mark White

13.15   Networking lunch

14.00   AMPC & AMCC tours and poster displays

15.30   Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) presents
            the John Hunt Memorial Lecture 
            Presented by Professor Lindsay Greer, University of Cambridge

            “Solidification of metals: interest and importance across the full range of supercooling”

16.30   Networking and refreshments

17.30   Close

The AMPC has been established with £15 million funding from the HEFCE UKRPIF initiative to provide solutions to the light-weighting challenges of the automotive industry. Our new world class facility includes industrial scale metal casting and processing facilities to enable industry to develop and trial innovative light alloys and components for automotive applications, as well as advanced instruments for component testing and performance evaluation and state-of-the-art facilities for process modelling and simulation.

The UKRPIF funding has attracted over £60 million in co-investment from our industrial partners, including Jaguar Land Rover and Constellium, which will enable us to facilitate collaborative research programmes over the next 10 years to address industrial and environmental challenges, such as carbon emission reductions in the automotive sector through light-weighting of vehicles and upcycling of secondary alloys. The AMPC complements our facilities in the Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC) which was supported by EPSRC funding and opened in April 2016 and has already proven enormously successful as a national asset for the automotive sector, supporting major multi million pound projects with OEMs including JLR and Nissan, and their suppliers.

Join us on June 13 and learn more about the AMPC’s core objectives and mission for the next 10 years – and beyond!  Hear from key speakers from Government, funding bodies and industry representatives, including our key partner Constellium who will launch the Constellium Automotive R&D Centre; visit our new word-class specialist kit (featuring a new Forming Laboratory with freeform bending equipment, electro-magnetic pulse welding equipment, cold metal transfer welding and flow-drill fasten – and much more!); an impressive display of components; and, importantly, meet our BCAST researchers to discuss how you can work with us in the future! You will also have the opportunity to learn more about our research at the poster displays over a networking lunch.

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