Who we are: Our role in the UK manufacturing landscape

HVM Catapult is a strategic research and innovation hub for industry, supporting the UK’s national priorities.

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Our seven centres help businesses transform the products they sell, the way they make them and the skills of their workforce to remain competitive in a global marketplace.
We work with industry and government to deliver cross-sector technology at the scale required to create a more sustainable and prosperous society.


What is a Catapult


HVM Catapult’s role

At the junction of business, research, and government, we play a unique set of roles in the UK manufacturing sector

  • Growing manufacturing businesses and the contribution of the manufacturing sector to the UK economy
  • Investigating innovative technologies or scaling-up new products and processes to prove they have achieved manufacturing readiness
  • Working with academic partners to build on research at universities and research establishments in the UK and beyond, and using our expertise to help shape and deliver UK manufacturing policy
  • Working with UK Government and others to develop high quality training provision to meet industry standards

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Three pillars of innovation

To successfully play our role in the UK economy, we focus on three pillars that support the commercialisation of new technologies.

Manufacturing technology and machinery
Technology development

Developing new technologies can transform a business, market, or economy. We can support your research and development, helping you to take advantage of new technologies and techniques.

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Supply chain development

Resilient and reliable supply chains are vital for any successful business. We can help you develop and optimise your supply chains to keep your production moving.

See more about manufacturing supply chain development
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Workforce development

We identify the skills needed for continuing economic development, working with UK government to build the systems to deliver them. We also train thousands of workers each year.

See more about manufacturing workforce development

Our vision

We will be:

      • delivering industrial foresight and transformation for the UK;
      • operating at scale in a deep collaborative alliance; and
      • growing the UK’s community of world-leading engineers and scientists.
  • This will allow us to rise to the nation’s grand industrial challenges to deliver lasting impact for the UK economy, society, and the environment.

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    Industrial partners since 2011

    SME partners since 2011

    Commercial and collaborative R&D projects since 2011

    More than 5,500 businesses come to HVM Catapult each year, seeking solutions to a particular problem, or looking for ideas on possible new products, processes or services which could make their firm more competitive.

    Our seven centres provide access to world-class research, development facilities and expertise that would otherwise be out of reach for many businesses.

    HVM Catapult centres

    Working through our seven centres of industrial innovation, we have cover development in areas from material formulation to advanced assembly.

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    Our People

    Our leadership team with over 100 years of combined experience.

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