Made Smarter Smart Factory
Innovation Hubs

Smart Factory Innovation Hubs allow you to transform your business performance using innovative digital technologies

Smart Factory Innovation Hubs are places you can go to test the latest digital manufacturing solutions in a broad range of applications, without investment. They allow you to test quick-fire projects and early stage technologies in a safe, industry-like environment with expert support, and reduce the risk before they are deployed in your own facilities.


With open access to expertise from our Centres and innovative tech providers from across the UK, you will get all the support you need to address live business challenges and move to your next phase of development.

Funded by:

For manufacturers

  • Open access to a SANDPIT ENVIRONMENT for any of your business needs
    • A space to innovate, develop and de-risk rapidly configurable projects and technology before investing in solutions
  • Access to DEMONSTRATORS of integrated technology solutions where you can experience new technologies
    • The opportunity to learn from real industry use-cases in an expert environment

For tech companies

  • An invitation to showcase your solutions at our TECHNOLOGY TESTBED
    • A ‘plug and play’ space to test and develop solutions with manufacturers of all sizes
    • Using our world-class equipment and facilities, you can access live industry use-cases and source feedback to improve your products for the sector

The Made Smarter offering, delivered by the HVM Catapult, provides you with a low risk environment to quickly and flexibly try something new.

Whether you’re developing a new production technique, want to upgrade your existing kit or would like to understand how data can better inform your decision-making, Smart Factory Innovation Hubs are here for you.


Funded by UKRI’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, there is no cost to businesses participating in this pilot.

Technology areas

We have sixteen physical and virtual spaces dedicated to reducing the risk of implementing new digital manufacturing solutions within your businesses.

Additive Manufacturing

Automated robotic manufacturing assembly

Connected factory

Cybersecurity for Manufacturing

Digital Automation & Logistics

Digital propulsion

Digitally supported manual operations

Electronics 4.0

Factory in a Box 1

Factory in a Box 2

Reconfigurable Pharma

Food & Fast-moving Consumer Goods

Legacy Systems


Radial Forge

Composite forming & in-process verification

How could digital technologies
transform your business?

Get in touch and find out