Providing access to the expertise, experience, facilities and networks that gives manufacturing SMEs the confidence to take the next steps into innovation.
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We can arrange a walkthrough (virtual or otherwise) of your facility, meet your engineers and production staff and look at your business processes to help you to identify areas where gains could be made.
We offer bespoke manufacturing support and can talk through your idea in detail, drawing on expertise from across the whole HVM Catapult.
We offer access to seminars and workshops to help you decide whether new technologies could offer solutions to the business challenges you face.
We can work with your team to explore how innovation could unlock the potential of your business and identify how you can bring your ideas to reality.
We can make recommendations on where to find finance and the best funding direction for your project.
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We help turn great ideas into commercial realities
Access to 3,500 of the UK’s best engineers, scientists and technicians ready to offer manufacturing support and help solve your business challenges.
Access to the specialist equipment and technology you need to develop and test your ideas.
Spanning material technologies, processing and formulation through to high integrity product assembly and validation.
A magnet for conversations and collaborations that will shape tomorrow. We connect manufacturing SMEs to the UK’s leading supply chains and with government and academic support.
Deep industry understanding and experience allows us to guide your business towards the best outcomes in a fast-changing and competitive world.
Business success starts from within. We are experienced in reskilling and upskilling your current workforce. We also offer access to apprenticeships, knowledge transfer partnerships, training courses and student placements to help build and maintain the high-level skills needed to transform your business.
SME partners in 2020/21
Engagements with SMEs in 2020/21
Experts ready to help
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We continue to work with WMG to look at our bottlenecks and identify where we can use robotics to drive costs down and speed things up. Having the ongoing support from WMG has been invaluable and we cannot wait to work with WMG’s digital manufacturing team to help us create the ‘Ramfoam Way’ across all our operations.
By continuing to work with MTC Apprenticeships, we ensure we have access to the talented engineers of the future. In my opinion the MTC, amongst a couple of other organisations, have changed the perception of apprenticeships which is helping to transform SMEs.
Our work with the MTC has been truly transformational. We’ve invested in our factory and new technologies. We’ve taken on new staff and improved the skills of our existing employees.
As a result of working with the AMRC, we have purchased our own 3D printer that has been used for a multitude of things, from machine parts, to jigs, to a scaled plan of our factory. It has also helped our business to save a sum of money and we have also seen massive gains in productivity.
The robot cell has enabled us to unblock bottlenecks by freeing up resource. It’s a massive impact for an SME like Footprint Tools, and we could not have done it without the R&D and innovation talents of the AMRC.
Without the AMRC I don’t think we could have reached the point we are at now. It really was that decisive for us; it was a major factor in our business moving forward.
I can’t emphasise enough how happy we’ve been with the work by the AMRC engineers. They produced designs for our guard idea for a handheld laser marking machine, showing that there is real potential for this to be a world-beating product.
Efficiency, productivity and sustainability are everything in manufacturing. From advanced product and machine tracking to autonomous warehouse transportation and remote assistance for operators, these digital technologies can help lower production costs, boost productivity and sharpen competitive edge.
3 February 2022
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
Forging new relationships with both industrial leaders and local communities alike, HVM Catapult’s presence in Renfrewshire is bringing tangible benefits to the region and Scotland as a whole.
3 February 2022
Whether you have an idea for a new product, want to make your company more productive or sustainable, or need a hand in moving beyond your current industry market, the HVM Catapult is here for you.
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