4,646 innovation support projects.
2,331 projects with SME clients.
£518m industry R&D linked to HVM Catapult activity.

<p>Chairman’s statement</p>

Chairman’s statement

We are an essential part of a more confident and resilient future for the UK

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<p>Chief Executive’s statement</p>

Chief Executive’s statement

Our work has shown the importance of the manufacturing community in responding to a global crisis.

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<h2><a style="font-size: 33px; color: #17427f; text-decoration: none; line-height: 1;" href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/responding-to-the-covid-19-pandemic/">Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic</a></h2>

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

In March 2020, the Prime Minister called on manufacturers to help the UK step up production of vital medical equipment the nation would need to respond to the crisis. The HVM Catapult has been at the forefront of efforts to equip the healthcare front line with some of the tools it needs to treat patients suffering from COVID-19 and save lives. Read more.

<p><a style="font-size: 33px; color: #17427f; text-decoration: none; line-height: 1;" href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review-2020/manufacturing-success/">Success Stories</a></p>

Success Stories

In 2019/20 the HVM Catapult’s Centres supported companies across 4,646 projects to harness the power of innovation and strengthen their performance. Those companies ranged from small social enterprises to global giants employing thousands of people both directly and through their UK supply chains. Read more.


Lightweight wings ready for net zero

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Cost-effective personalised healthcare

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Car batteries get a second life

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Next-generation bioimaging

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Reinforcements to save construction 54 million hours

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<h2><a style="font-size: 33px; color: #17427f; text-decoration: none; line-height: 1;" href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/achieving-net-zero/">Achieving net zero</a></h2>

Achieving net zero

2019 delivered a landmark commitment from the UK government to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions within thirty years. Read more.



“Our world-leading expertise and capabilities are crucial to achieving net zero.”

60-70% of all municipal solid waste in the UK could be recycled

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The future of transport

We are designing the future of transport, with projects that redefine road, rail, sea and air travel and solutions that minimise that need for those journeys.

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Reducing waste

We are rethinking the world’s relationship with waste, creating product processes with the need to reuse, recycle or remanufacture in mind, and reducing the need for resource extraction whilst maximising its use.

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The future of energy

We are pushing the limits of energy production and use, with ground-breaking contribution to renewable and nuclear energy and heating, whilst laying the groundwork for nuclear fusion technology.

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<h2><a style="font-size: 33px; color: #17427f; text-decoration: none; line-height: 1;" href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/delivering-economic-impact/">Delivering economic impact</a></h2>

Delivering economic impact

Manufacturing is a central and important part of our nation’s economic mix. With annual output worth some £192bn to our economy, it provides high-skilled jobs, produces some 44% of all UK exports, bringing £273bn into the UK and, as the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, gives us the capability and resilience to tackle global challenges. Read more.

Working with smaller businesses

The HVM Catapult’s support is not just for larger firms. In fact, nearly 50% of the projects we work on are geared to helping smaller businesses develop innovative new products, improve their processes, commercialise their ideas and access new markets across the globe.

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Supply chain development

Changes at UK borders and the COVID-19 pandemic mean that we are all more sharply aware of the importance of supply chain security than ever before. The HVM Catatpult is helping to develop resilient UK-based supply chains for the products of the future and supporting reshoring of key current supply chain by providing the technological efficiencies that make domestic production globally competitive.

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Anchoring regional investment

When the HVM Catapult was created in 2011, its footprint reflected the locations of the seven founding centres which came together to boost UK manufacturing performance. Our Centres often contribute to regenerating historically neglected areas, bringing high skilled jobs and prosperity back to deprived communities.


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2,231 of our projects in 2019/ 20 were with smaller businesses.

<p><a style="color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; line-height: 1.24; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;" href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review-2020/research-at-our-core/">Research at our core</a></p>

Research at our core

Research is at the core of the HVM Catapult, whether in the commercialisation of early stage technology or in developing brand new techniques, materials and machines for industry.

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<p><a style="color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; line-height: 1.24; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;" href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review-2020/making-the-factory-of-tomorrow/">Making the factory of tomorrow</a></p>

Making the factory of tomorrow

Commericialising research often drives new innovation not just the on the factory floor, but also in the tools we are able to use.

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<p>Our resources</p>

Our resources

Based on best practices established by the German Fraunhofer approach, the HVM Catapult strives to secure broadly equal amounts of income.

<h2><a style="font-size: 33px; color: #17427f; text-decoration: none; line-height: 1;" href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/emerging-from-the-pandemic/ ">Emerging from the pandemic </a></h2>

Emerging from the pandemic

The final part of the 2019/ 20 year was a challenging one for businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic delivered an intense economic shock across all the sectors. Read more.



“Advanced manufacturing can lead the way back to economic prosperity post-pandemic.”



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