Annual review 2021 > Ten years serving the nation

Ten years serving the nation

Built from seven centres of innovation, the HVM Catapult has grown from stand-alone local operations into the largest advanced manufacturing innovation capability in Europe with the power to transform communities across the UK.

Our history

Our seven centres of industrial innovation were brought together in 2011 by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative new products and processes.



HVM Catapult founded to combine strengths of seven centres of innovation across the UK.


The AMRC Training Centre welcomes its first cohort of 150 apprentices.


WMG’s Energy Innovation Centre opens.


The MTC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre opens.

The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing is established at the MTC.


Scottish First Minister announces new National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), starting the expansion of the AFRC.


MTC, and partners launch the Construction Innovation Hub to drive the transformation of the construction sector.


AMRC Cymru opens in Broughton, North Wales.

Nuclear AMRC Midlands opens in Derby.

MTC Liverpool opens.

The Lightweight Manufacturing Centre, AFRC's sister facility in NMIS opens.


The NCC opened the latest phase of the most advanced composite manufacturing facility in the world.

HVM Catapult leads effort to deliver over 13,000 ventilators to the NHS in response to COVID-19


CPI is tasked by UK government to develop vaccine library in fight against new COVID-19 variants.

UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, founded by WMG, is officially opened by the Prime Minister


Ten years serving the nation

A decade of growth 2011-2021

Over the last decade, we have worked with…
Of which 11,840 (54%) were SMEs*

We have worked on a total of
commercial and collaborative R&D projects*

And we have engaged
to provide bespoke support.

We now work with
5 times as many SMEs
per year than in 2012/13.

We have grown from 493 experts in advanced manufacturing innovation
3,112 times as many SMEs
this year

In 2011, we were supporting advanced manufacturing at 7 sites across the UK. Today, we reach out from
17 locations*
across Great Britain.

Our cutting-edge facilities have grown by
3.5 times to £828m of assets in the last ten years
giving more and more companies the access to the specialist equipment they need for innovation.

*These cumulative figures have been reduced by
the average rate of YOY project overlap 2018-2020
and may be conservative.


Moving work back to the UK

With increasing disruption on the global stage, the SME Albert Jagger Engineering realised that returning productive capacity to the UK from China would be 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 industrial hardware product ranges.

Building success from the ashes of industry

Sitting proudly on the site of the former Orgreave coking works, the AMRC is a powerful symbol for what is possible in areas scarred by lost industry and limited opportunity. It has spurred regeneration with the development of a 150-acre Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, transforming a once bleak landmark of industrial confrontation into a haven of industrial collaboration and innovation.

De-risking Rolls- Royce £100m investment in Northeast England

Ground-breaking manufacturing techniques developed by the AMRC helped Rolls-Royce halve the production time of its aero-engine discs, a vital component of its Trent engines which are exported globally.

Slashing assembly time for critical power plant systems

Challenged by Rolls-Royce, the Nuclear AMRC demonstrated how to slash assembly time for a heat-exchanger sub-system comprising thousands of tubes threaded through a series of huge plates.

Guiding innovation for Midlands manufacturing SMEs

Over the past ten years, WMG’s programme of regional SME support has helped nearly 2,500 manufacturers transition to a more connected, digitised, sustainable and competitive future.

Rolls-Royce: Investing in Bristol

Throughout the partnership, the NCC has played a key role in creating high-performance carbon-fibre composites that reduce the weight of an engine’s fan system by over half a ton on a twin-engine aircraft, improving efficiency and reducing emissions.

Creating an impact in North East England

Since being established in 2004 as a way to build on the existing capabilities in the North East and ensure the region remained competitive in the global marketplace, CPI has grown exponentially.

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