At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK’s finest innovators came together to transform a range of industrial manufacturing systems in sectors from aerospace to Formula One into ventilator production. The extraordinary efforts resulted in more ventilators being produced in 12 weeks than in a year in pre-pandemic times. The High Value Manufacturing Catapult powered that initiative.
Up and down the country, there are numerous examples of sites which in the not-so-distant past were deserted and forgotten. Now they are bursting with state-of-the-art research and development facilities which bring to life the ideas of academics, engineers and industry, helping transform the UK manufacturing landscape. The High Value Manufacturing Catapult is a driving force of this.
Day in, day out, training sessions are taking place to equip manufacturers’ workforces with the skills they need for the future. This provision is thanks to High Value Manufacturing Catapult’s work to take technology roadmaps, identify emerging skills’ needs and develop training offerings to meet them.
Simply put, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult works in partnership with Government, academia and businesses to provide the support and facilities needed to help UK manufacturers investigate new technologies and processes which enhance their performance and productivity. Facilities and expertise that would otherwise be out of reach for many businesses in the UK.
Established by Innovate UK, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult family is made up of seven centres:
Together, the teams take pride in helping businesses transform the products they sell, the way they make them and the skills of their workforce to remain competitive in a global marketplace.