UK advanced manufacturing gets boost with new investment in digital tech competition
Posted on 23/07/2019
UK manufacturers wanting to adopt the latest digital technologies will be able to bid for a new £30 million R&D competition through the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.
The R&D competition is part of the Manufacturing Made Smarter Challenge to support the transformation of UK manufacturing by encouraging the development and integration of industrial digital technologies.
KTN is running an event and webinar on 30 July in London to explain more about the Challenge and the opportunities it affords. The event is extremely popular and, if no places are available here, please follow this link to register for the webinar.
The funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and aligns with the recommendations made by Juergen Maier in his review for the government of industrial digitalisation called Made Smarter and the activities of the newly formed Made Smarter Commission.
The Manufacturing Made Smarter Challenge will:
- Provide a collaborative and cross-sector approach to digital technology R&D and innovation to boost UK manufacturing productivity and competitiveness
- Encourage the cooperation of small, medium and large-scale companies throughout the UK supply chain to develop new digital capabilities and knowledge to become the recognised global leader in the application of industrial digital technologies such as data analytics, immersive technologies, connected environments and the Internet of Things
- Provide the platform for digital technology companies to engage directly in manufacturing
The first competition of the Manufacturing Made Smarter Challenge will fund projects that will help transform the productivity and agility of UK manufacturing, ready for a fast start and with the potential for rapid impact. Projects must be business led and collaborative, with all consortia involving at least one SME.
The competition is now open and will close on 28 August at 12 noon. To find out more about the scope of the competition, eligibility and the application process click here.