Reimagining materials and manufacturing together
Now is the time to reimagine manufacturing together. The UK has clear potential to become a world-class destination of choice for advanced low-carbon manufacturing.
Materials and Manufacturing Vision 2050
The UK has clear potential to become a world-class destination of choice for advanced low-carbon manufacturing. Now is the time to reimagine materials and manufacturing together.
Materials and manufacturing play a vital role in the UK economy through driving innovation, exports, job creation, productivity and growth. These sectors must also adjust to meet climate change targets, adopt new technologies and adapt to changing customer demands.
Innovate UK’s 2050 vision document is a re-imagination of materials and manufacturing together. It’s a document that delves into the challenges and opportunities that lie in front of the UK materials and manufacturing sectors in the coming decades.
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You can access a PDF version of the vision below.
With more than 170 recent references analysed and more than 120 stakeholders consulted, this is one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind.
This document is a long-term view highlighting that:
- UK manufacturing faces urgent challenges such as climate, resilience and productivity
- UK manufacturing offers incredibly exciting opportunities and is a great career option
- UK has the talent and innovation infrastructure to realise its vision of being world-class
To support businesses and academia on this journey Innovate UK and its partners are funding various complementary programmes.
Each programme is designed to:
- Inspire – to improve awareness and expertise and to make the opportunity visible and compelling
- Involve – to bring relevant organisations and people together and to build aligned communities
- Invest – convene resources and to facilitate research, innovation and investment.
“Materials and manufacturing accounts for 61% of all business expenditure on UK R&D and in 2019 attracted 22% of all inward foreign direct investment in the UK economy”
Have your say
We know that a vision of the future will not be exact and we invite you to challenge us where you think we are wrong. It’s not intended to be a prescriptive road map of activity but it will help us to shape our decisions on what to support and where to invest. We will be making regular updates to the Vision and we’d like your feedback and comments to help us do so. Use this form to challenge us, inform us, tell us how you would use the Vision within your organisation and let us know about changes that would make this document more useful for you.
High Value Manufacturing Catapult is a proud partner of this work, we encourage survey participation and look forward to working in partnership with Innovate UK on exploring and addressing the findings.
— Katherine Bennett, CEO, HVMC
Our strategic imperatives
Net zero and resource efficient
To understand and minimise the environmental impact across the full operation and whole product lifecycle.
Resilient and responsive
To mitigate risks from critical supply, national/global disruption and climate change therefore becoming increasingly resilient.
Technologically advanced and digital
To adopt digital and advanced technology to improve efficiency, visibility across supply chains and apply novel business models.
Programmes related to Reimagining materials and manufacturing together
Resource Efficiency for Manufacturing and Materials (REforMM)
Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture programme
Resource efficiency for materials and manufacturing: CR&D
Opens: 31/03/2023 Closes: 26/05/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £12 million for ambitious collaborative R&D projects to support UK materials and manufacturing organisations to become significantly more resource efficient.
Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture: CR&D
Opens: 07/03/2023 Closes: 03/05/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £12 million for collaborative research and development. This is to develop step-change improvements to sustainable biomanufacturing in the UK.
Launchpad: Advanced Manufacturing CR&D Liverpool City Region, Round 2
Opens: 13/02/2023 Closes: 29/03/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £3 million for business led projects that grow activities in the advanced manufacturing innovation cluster centred on the Liverpool City Region.