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Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies: Embedding advanced and sustainable technologies into Welsh manufacturing

  • Supporting the stimulation of ideas in the Welsh manufacturing sector exploiting the wealth of world-class research in Welsh universities in close research collaborations with industry.
  • Project supported more than 250 Welsh enterprises in West Wales and the Valleys in 2010-2015, with stage two running until 2020.
  • Created economic impact excess of £200 million in West Wales and the Valleys showing that for each £1 invested an outstanding return of over £8 of economic impact was achieved.

Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies (ASTUTE) supports the stimulation of ideas in the Welsh manufacturing sector through provision of resources, facilities, advice and guidance exploiting the wealth of world-class research in Welsh universities in close research collaborations with industry. It is a collaboration of four Welsh universities; Swansea University, Cardiff University, Aberystwyth University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

In its first round of funding (2010-2015), the project supported more than 250 Welsh enterprises in West Wales and the Valleys, supporting them towards long term sustainability and competitiveness, the most evident improvements experienced by companies were improved processes, accelerated research and development, improved growth prospects and new product developments. The final evaluation of the first phase of ASTUTE concluded that its work created economic impact of well in excess of £200 million in West Wales and the Valleys showing that for each £1 invested an outstanding return of over £8 of economic impact was achieved.

Phase 2 (2015-2020) has been part-funded by the EU through the Welsh Government. ASTUTE 2020, the five-year operation, will support industrial research, development and innovation through world-class academics and a team of highly qualified technical experts and project managers.

ASTUTE 2020 is designed to stimulate growth in West Wales and the Valleys by applying advanced engineering technologies to manufacturing challenges, driving cutting-edge research, development and innovation. ASTUTE 2020 will collaborate with the high-value manufacturing industry to stimulate transformational and sustainable growth by facilitating and de-risking the development and adoption of advanced technologies, increasing competitiveness and future proofing.

Demand-led by industry, ASTUTE 2020’s focus is on collaborative industrial projects with a research challenge that will bring economic benefit to the area. ASTUTE 2020 will focus only on where it can specifically contribute established world-leading and internationally excellent expertise found across the Welsh universities’ partnership to address the industrial research, development and innovation needs:

  • Advanced Materials Technology
  • Computational Engineering Modelling
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering

ASTUTE 2020 builds on the most successful aspects of the previous ASTUTE project from 2010 to 2015. ASTUTE has successfully demonstrated that it is in an excellent position to support companies via knowledge exchange and intensive collaborative research, development and innovation projects in manufacturing technology. Over 250 Welsh small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) benefited from ASTUTE’s assistance helping generate more than £9 million in increased manufacturing investment for Wales, stimulated the creation of 174 new jobs and initiated the set-up of ten new enterprises.

For further information see https://www.astutewales.com/en/.