Delivering Economic Impact

Our work ensures that the UK remains a world leader in manufacturing.

Manufacturing is a central and important part of our nation's economic mix. With annual output worth some £192bn to our ecomonic, it provide high-skilled jobs, produces some 44% of all UK exports, bringing, £237bn into the UK and, as the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, gives us the capability, and resilience to tackle global challenges. It is critical to the lifeblood of the nation. The HVM Catapult is playing a key role in making sure that the UK harnesses the power of science and engineering to build on its proud industrial heritage, create the markets of the future and lead those already here.

Our work ensures that the UK remains a world leader in manufacturing.

<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/bringing-work-back-to-the-uk/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">Bringing work back to the UK</a>

Bringing work back to the UK

With increasing disruption on the global stage, Albert Jagger realised that returning productive capacity to the UK is crucial for supply chain resilience. Approaching our experts at the MTC to help, they sought to secure their supply chain and save their UK facilities from closure by reshoring the manufacture of one of their signature products.

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<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/digital-cask-filling-to-save-whisky-industry-millions/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">Digital cask filling to save whisky industry millions</a>

Digital cask filling to save whisky industry millions

Few would know just how important a contributor Scotch whisky is to our national prosperity, contributing some £5.5bn to our economy every year. The AFRC, with partners including Siemens, Kigtek and Diageo, are bringing digital innovation to an industry steeped in tradition, with a project that could save it millions of pounds each year in inventory costs.

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<a id="smaller-businesses"></a>Working with smaller businesses

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. Here are just a few examples of the excellent work they are doing.

 

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

 

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Medical drone design takes flight

In an emergency, blood, organs or devices like defibrillators often need to reach distant locations as quickly as possible. By road, and even by helicopter, this can be expensive and waste vital seconds that could mean the difference between life and death, especially in rural areas. But what if the journey could be made in a straight line, quickly and cheaply?

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<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/robots-secure-skilled-manufacturing-jobs/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">Robots secure skilled manufacturing jobs</a>

Robots secure skilled manufacturing jobs

Robots, we hear, are taking our jobs: replacing skilled craftsmen with tireless automatons. But not at Footprint Tools, where a secondhand robot has given a new lease of life to its skilled craftsmen, boosting the firm’s productivity three fold.

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Advanced materials bring protection and success

Moving from concept to commercial reality is a daunting task for many smaller businesses, with development often costly and time-consuming. That’s where the HVM Catapult can help.

 

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<a id="supply-chain"></a>Supply chain development

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 Catapult is helping to develop resilient UK-based supply chains for the products of the future and supporting reshoring of key current supply chains by providing the technological efficiencies that make domestic production globally competitive.

 

<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/fit-for-nuclear-and-offshore-renewables/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">Fit for Nuclear and Offshore Renewables</a>

Fit for Nuclear and Offshore Renewables

The Nuclear AMRC’s Fit For Nuclear (F4N) programme is now established as the benchmark for manufacturers wanting to win work in the nuclear supply chain. Building on this success, the Nuclear AMRC is working with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult to bring supply chain development to the wind sector.

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<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/uk-supply-chain-3d-printing/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">Creating a UK supply chain for 3D printing</a>

Creating a UK supply chain for 3D printing

Metal additive manufacturing has the potential for delivering better products, reducing time to market, and simplifying the supply chain for many industries, with aerospace leading the way. The disruption of the traditional supply chain provides an opportunity for developing home-grown talent.

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<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/digital-engineering-revolution/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">Kickstarting the digital engineering revolution</a>

Kickstarting the digital engineering revolution

To deliver a low carbon global economy, everything we make will need to be reimagined and re-engineered. The design technologies and processes of products need to be optimised to make them low cost, quick, and right first time.

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<a id="anchoring"></a>Anchoring investment in the UK's regions

Anchoring investment in the UK's regions

We are drawing in and anchoring investment from around the world to the UK’s region, attracting multinational firms and national institutions with access to our expertise and creating new UK jobs in the process. Read more.

 

 

 

 

 

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