Innovate UK Business Connect’s Manufacturing team helps manufacturers to innovate, and innovators to manufacture. We work with a broad spectrum of organisations, sectors and technology areas, advising on innovation and connecting to partners, experts, facilities and funding.
Our current focus in this area
Advancement in additive manufacturing technologies has seen the evolution of 3D printed parts move rapidly, providing the opportunity for new innovation within the manufacturing world. As companies can now design for additive manufacturing to complement traditional manufacturing processes, there has been a huge shift in its use, particularly within aerospace, medical, transport, energy and consumer products.
Digital manufacturing promises improved productivity, sustainability, resilience and the creation of high value jobs. The industrial digital technology (IDT) innovator seeking to make an impact in the physical world stands to benefit from the transformation of UK manufacturing.
Turning an idea into a scalable, commercial product is a challenge that faces many entrepreneurs, innovators and SMEs. Developing a new product, new functionality or new customer experience can be difficult and success may not always happen. 97% of hardware startups fail (compared with 70% of tech start-ups).
The world is changing at an ever greater pace, and manufacturers are responding – improving the products they make and the way they make them. This enables reduced environmental footprint and improved resource efficiency, but also creates benefits such as competitive advantage and a closer alignment with the customer’s needs.
Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) Phase 3: Spring 2024
Opens: 29/01/2024 Closes: 19/04/2024
Grant funding for feasibility and engineering studies, and for the deployment of industrial energy efficiency and deep decarbonisation projects.
Made Smarter Manufacturing: Lighthouse Funding February 2024
Opens: 19/02/2024 Closes: 15/03/2024
Lighthouse Projects will enable SMEs to embark on a smart manufacturing journey, de-risking major investment yet enabling growth.
Innovation Exchange challenge: Systems to measure and understand power usage at machine level
Opens: 03/01/2024 Closes: 23/02/2024
Toyota would like to be able to monitor their equipment at a very local level to get an understanding of how much energy is being used and when.
Innovation Exchange challenge: Replacing large air systems with localised drive systems
Opens: 03/01/2024 Closes: 23/02/2024
Toyota would like to get a view of electric driven replacements for their air driven equipment; this may include cylinders, actuators, and other pressure equipment.
APC25: Industrialising net zero automotive technology
Opens: 15/01/2024 Closes: 13/03/2024
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £25m for late-stage R&D to accelerate the UK towards a net zero automotive future.
Global Business Innovation Programme: Semiconductors, Taiwan
Opens: 08/02/2024 Closes: 22/03/2024
Innovate UK invites ambitious companies in the Semiconductors sector to join a programme with Taiwan that will include two visits and a showcase.
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Resource Efficiency for Materials and Manufacturing feasibility study competition winners announced
This month Innovate UK announced the 20 participants selected to take part in the Resource Efficiency for Materials and Manufacturing (REforMM) feasibility study competition.
Transforming Medicines Manufacturing
Innovate UK’s Medicines Manufacturing programmes aim to drive the de-risking and adoption of highly innovative flexible, agile and scalable manufacturing technologies through a culture of collaboration that will drive the growth of this critically important manufacturing sector.
Made Smarter | Innovation Network
From 2021 to 2025, Innovate UK Business Connect will be working on behalf of UKRI to join communities together to transform UK manufacturing. Join the Made Smarter Innovation Network and help us drive positive change.