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Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies East Wales (ASTUTE East)

£8 million of new Welsh Government funding for the ASTUTE 2020 (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies) project will now be extended to manufacturing companies in East Wales.

The extension to the existing scheme will enable businesses in Cardiff, Newport, the Vale of Glamorgan, Monmouthshire, Powys, Flintshire and Wrexham to collaborate with Cardiff University to drive and develop innovative sustainable technologies for the next generation.

The project has already proven successful in West Wales and the South Wales Valleys, with more than 30 companies involved in collaborative research projects as part of ASTUTE 2020. The aim is to further drive productivity and growth within the industry by developing new and sustainable technologies and higher-value, competitive goods and services for the global market.

The ASTUTE East project strand, will address challenges in Future Manufacturing Technologies. These include;

  • advanced cyber physical systems
  • sensors
  • complex data information gathering to understand physical systems, re-create them in the digital world, and use them to guide decision-making in manufacturing processes.

The team consists of world-class academics and highly qualified project officers that are located in participating Welsh Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) of the lead team Swansea University and supporting HEIs Cardiff University, Aberystwyth University, University of South Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The consortium will be working with manufacturing companies and company operational manufacturing bases in East Wales.

Impact

The project will enable sustainable growth which is transformational in the manufacturing industry of East Wales. This will be achieved through both research development and industry support in Future Manufacturing Technologies. The partnership of Welsh Universities and the knowledge exchange with industry, will harness demand-led, collaborative research to improve the economic prosperity of the Region.

Manufacturing plays a large role in the Welsh Economy, in comparison to the rest if the UK, particularly within East Wales. As of 2014, 70,800 people were employed in 5,995 enterprises with a turnover of £22.2 billion, therefore demonstrating the importance of manufacturing within this area.

ASTUTE East is in line with the policies of Welsh Government. Science and Innovation in Wales, the Welsh Government’s vision, recognises the vital links between the research and science skill base in Wales, and the processes of innovation, development and commercialisation that transform scientific outputs into an economic advantage for Wales.

Funder

The ASTUTE East operation, supporting manufacturing companies across Wales, has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and the participating HEIs.

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