UK companies win ‘golden ticket’ to work with MTC on robotic technology

A selection of British companies, Automata Technologies, Hexagon Metrology, Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) and Russell Finex, are poised to reap the benefits of a European-wide initiative on robotic technology after securing one of 25 ‘golden tickets’. The companies are the latest UK beneficiaries from the second and final round of the ROBOTT-NET Voucher Programme.

In all, 64 vouchers have been given out via the programme, entitling each recipient to receive highly-specialised consultancy from robotics experts around Europe, with the aim of bringing their ideas to fruition.

A total of 166 companies spread across 12 European countries applied for a voucher from the European robotic technology transfer network, which is a collaboration between the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry, Danish Technological Institute (DTI), Fraunhofer IPA from Germany and Tecnalia from Spain.

A range of businesses including start-ups, SMEs, large companies and institutions were able to apply for a voucher. From the set of the 64 winning vouchers, eight companies will be selected for further assistance and funding towards a pilot project.

Jeremy Hadall, chief technologist in robotics and automation at the MTC, said: “This is great news for the UK economy as these technologies will increase productivity and jobs and have the potential to grow market share both locally and internationally.”

One of the important aims of ROBOTT-NET is to strengthen the technology transfer between the participating research and technology organisations and the European manufacturing industry.

To realise this technology transfer, all partners in ROBOTT-NET will run general courses for industry management as a complementary activity to voucher and pilot work systems. This will benefit participants to take strategic decisions and investments in technologies.