McLaren receives keys for MCTC

The ‘key’ to the building that will house the new £50m McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) was handed over to McLaren Automotive ahead of final fitting out.

The MCTC in the Sheffield region will be the Yorkshire-based facility where McLaren will innovate the process for making its carbon fibre tubs.

Ruth Nic Aoidh, McLaren’s executive director, commercial and legal, received the ‘key’ to the building from Owen Michaelson, chief executive of Harworth Group who have built the unit for McLaren’s use at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.

When open, the MCTC will be home to McLaren’s second ever production facility and the first outside its native Woking. Around 45 McLaren employees are already housed at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and will grow to around 200 people.

Carbon fibre has long been a part of McLaren’s brand, having introduced the very first carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 in 1981.

The building will undergo several months of fitting out which will see all the manufacturing equipment installed, including a giant press that will make its way from Germany.

Ruth said, ‘Getting the key to the building that will house the McLaren Composites Technology Centre is a major milestone for us and the next chapter in our growth as a young, ambitious, innovative company.’