£25m innovation boost for UK manufacturers

Innovative manufacturers across the UK have received a £25million boost through Innovate UK’s new competition to encourage the latest revolutionary ways of making things and grow the UK’s manufacturing sector.

Sixty-four projects involving around 170 partners have been successful in the manufacturing and materials competition. All projects had to be led by a business and involve at least one SME.

Successful projects include:

  • The Distributed Factory - developing a system for distributed manufacture of office furniture using manufacture-on-demand to enable local producers to compete with global competition
  • Medical Wireless Sensing Ltd - developing a metamaterial to enhance the signal from MRI scanners to speed up diagnostics or improve resolution
  • REALCAR 3 or the REALITY project – follow up to JLR’s previously successful project. Looking at sorting post-consumer scrap aluminium from automotive sources for recycling and reuse in JLR cars. Working with SMEs in the supply chain.
  • West of England Textiles Ltd - development of a novel process to improve the quality and competitiveness of British woollen cloth. The aim is to increase the market share of British woollen cloth against imports

Simon Edmonds, Manufacturing and Materials Director at Innovate UK, said: “The quality of applications from manufacturers across the country was of exceptionally high standard which shows the appetite of our businesses to innovate and grow.”