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Collaboration powers growth for Welsh manufacturers

Posted on 25 Feb 2024 and read 355 times
Collaboration powers growth for Welsh manufacturers AMRC Cymru is partnering with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) to lead Welsh businesses towards ‘a smart, sustainable, and resilient future’. The collaboration aims to support manufacturers in Wales with digital tools and technology advancements to help sharpen their competitive edge.

AMRC Cymru, based in Broughton, North Wales, a member of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) network of research centres, and UWTSD, with its ‘state of the art’ advanced manufacturing centre in Swansea, help bridge the gap between academia and industry to create an environment where innovation thrives and businesses can grow.

The two organisations, with their track record for developing industry-focused solutions to increase productivity and growth, have already collaborated on several projects designed to accelerate the adoption of new technologies and skills, improve processes, and increase profitability.

These research projects and programmes include: MADE Cymru, an European Union-funded - via the Welsh government — project, that has been key in upskilling manufacturers across Wales; SMART Digital Accelerator, funded by the Welsh government, helping manufacturers identify new and effective digital technologies to improve their profitability; and Ffatri 4.0, a Welsh government-funded project primarily aimed at the food and drink industry, looking at how business can continue to increase productivity while meeting ‘net zero’ carbon emissions targets through smart technologies. UWTSD contributed significantly to the areas of blockchain innovation, visualisation tools and cybersecurity

AMRC Cymru, part of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) innovation cluster, and UWTSD plan to build on these successes with more projects in the pipeline set to further revolutionise Welsh manufacturing.

Richard Morgan, head of innovation and engagement at UWTSD, said: “Partnering with AMRC Cymru has brought about substantial, measurable advantages for the businesses we support. This has increased the scope and depth of our impact. By pooling our resources - sharing knowledge, case studies, and access to our ‘state of the art’ equipment - we have effectively doubled our offerings and broadened our reach across Wales. Often, organisations operate in isolation, but this partnership is a testament to the power of collaboration and shows that the possibilities for advancement are endless.”

Graham Howe, the AMRC Cymru’s relationship development manager, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with UWTSD, as it gives the opportunity to work together, to give the best possible support for Welsh companies. By working together, we can help exploit digital and automation tools to enable companies to become more productive and sustainable while showcasing the support that the wider HVMC, which we are part of, can deliver for industry in Wales.”