Who we are

The go-to place for advanced manufacturing technologies in the UK.

Our Purpose

Our Purpose

Established by Innovate UK, we are here to bridge the gap between business and academia, helping to turn great ideas into reality by providing access to world-class research and development facilities and expertise that would otherwise be out of reach for many businesses in the UK.

Our Role

Our Role

  • To grow your business and the contribution of the manufacturing sector to the UK economy.
  • Investigate innovative technologies or scale up new products and processes to prove they have achieved manufacturing readiness
  • Work with academic partners to build on research at Universities and Research establishments in the UK and beyond
  • Use our expertise to help shape UK manufacturing policy.
  • Work with UK Government and others, to develop high quality training provision to meet industry needs.

Our Toolkit

Our Toolkit


Access to nearly 2,500 of the UK’s best engineers, scientists and technicians ready to solve business challenges.


Access to leading-edge full-scale manufacturing equipment to develop ideas and test them at a commercial scale.


Deep industry understanding and experience that allows us to guide businesses towards the best outcomes for them in a changing world.


A unique ‘safe space’ meeting point for business, academia and government and a magnet for the conversations and collaborations that will shape tomorrow.

What is a Catapult?

Catapults are a key tool in Innovate UK’s range of innovation support for businesses. Each is focused on an area in which the UK has the potential to grow in strategically important global markets.


We employ knowledgable, talented people who are passionate about engaging and inspiring others. Please visit HVM Catapult centre websites for job opportunities.

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