What is a Catapult?

Catapults are independent not-for-profit private organisations transforming the UK’s capability for innovation in sectors of strength.

We are physical centres with cutting-edge R&D infrastructure including hubs, testbeds, factories and offices – as well as technical experts that prove breakthrough products, processes, services and technologies.

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The Catapult Network

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

The HVM Catapult

With our seven centres of innovation, HVM Catapult operates slightly differently to other Catapults. This allows us to operate at a scale that matches the UK manufacturing sector.

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Anti-microbial poles for public transport could help in future pandemics

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic many people have been hesitant about taking public transport. In part, this is due to the potential risk of picking up germs from areas travellers must use, such as the grab-poles on trains, buses and trams.

3 February 2022


Breakthrough in intelligent robotics

The MTC has made a breakthrough in intelligent robotics by developing a system that can teach itself how to pick up unknown objects, without the need for expensive sensors or lengthy programming.

3 February 2022

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