TWO Warrington Manufacturers are the latest to receive support from a program helping manufacturers increase productivity and growth using digital tools.
A2O Innovation Solutions, a manufacturer of advanced composite technology solutions based at Sci-Tech Daresbury, and Tempa Pano UK, which manufactures enclosures and cabinets for low voltage applications, based in Woolston, are working with the Made Smarter Adoption program in the North -Where is.
This means that the government-funded, industry-led program has taken a significant step forward, having now supported its 200th tech project.
A2O Innovation Solutions will implement augmented reality (AR) and digitization technology to capture the customer’s environment and virtually recreate it, allowing engineers to test products and solutions before full installation.
Chris Berg, Founding Director, said: “This new technology will dramatically speed up the process from initial discussion with our customers, design, manufacture and installation.
Launched in 2019, the Made Smarter Adoption program in the North West has now supported 161 companies with £ 3.9m matched funding for 201 projects, leveraging £ 10.5m of private sector investment .
This includes 17 companies in Cheshire and Warrington which have secured grants worth £ 378,000 for 20 technology projects, worth £ 886,000 after private investment.
Some manufacturers are developing projects using emerging technologies that allow them to integrate systems, capture and analyze data, and even create simulations of their factories and processes. Others are using 3D printing, automation and robotics to solve business problems and meet growing demand.
In the North West, this transformative technology adoption is expected to create 990 new jobs, upgrade the skills of 1,845 existing positions and generate an additional Gross Value Added (GVA) of £ 162.4 million for the Northwest economy. .
In Cheshire and Warrington, 65 new jobs will be created, 143 existing jobs will be upgraded and an additional £ 11.5million in gross value added (GVA) to the region’s economy.
Donna Edwards, Program Director for the Made Smarter Adoption Program in the Northwest, said: “Surpassing the milestone of 200 funded technology projects is a significant achievement for the Made Smarter Adoption Program in the Northwest – and there is much more to come.
“Industry 4.0 is the future of manufacturing. Thanks to it, the entire industry can reap endless rewards which will ultimately lead to considerable and sustainable growth. But upgrading to new technologies can seem like a complex and daunting task, and SMBs can miss significant improvements in their operations.
“Over the past two and a half years, we’ve developed a far-reaching support program that transcends jargon to provide honest and unbiased advice to help businesses identify the most effective digital tools, innovation and skills. necessary to make a difference in their daily lives. operations.
“I am delighted that so many manufacturing and engineering companies of all sizes, from all industries, have realized the benefits of digital technology and are encouraging other SMEs in the region to strike up their own conversation with us. “
Since 2019, Made Smarter has engaged with 1,266 businesses in the region to help them introduce digital tools and technologies to help boost productivity and growth and manage the impact of Covid-19.