Who we are: Our role in the UK manufacturing landscape

Established by Innovate UK in 2011, the HVM Catapult is a network of seven research, development and innovation centres transforming UK manufacturing.

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Working through and with our Centres, we help to move the world-leading research of UK universities towards commercial uses.
We are also part of the wider Catapult Network, where we help to co-ordinate the broader innovation landscape in the UK.


What is a Catapult


The HVM Catapult’s role

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

These are: 

  • 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, 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.

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Technology development

The foundation of innovation is the development of new technologies, whether based on fundamental research or modified for scale from prototype and low-usage items. We support commercial and collaborative research and development across the UK, creating our own innovations and helping businesses to realise their technological ambitions.

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Supply chain development

The commercialisation of a new technology will fail without a stable supply chain for making the product and its components. We focus on developing UK capability in supply chains for the technologies of today and tomorrow, anchoring national capacity to high-growth sectors and increasing our resilience to supply shocks. We also help individual companies to optimise their supply chains and use their existing capabilities to break into new markets.

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Workforce development

No innovation will succeed without the skills in the economy to operate its underlying technologies. We use our unique position within manufacturing to identify the skills needed for continuing economic development, working with UK government to build the systems to deliver these skills in the right places at the right times. We also train thousands of workers each year within our centres, investing in the current workforce and enabling the next generation.

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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

    In over a decade of work, we have helped more and more businesses each year grasp the opportunity of innovation and grow.

    We’re helping to move cutting-edge research from the UK’s world-leading universities into the commercial market, supporting companies to transform the products they sell, the way they make them and the skills of their workforce.

    HVM Catapult centres

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

    Our People

    Our leadership team with over 100 years of combined experience.

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