High Value Manufacturing Catapult
The Catapult centres are a network of world-leading centres established by Innovate UK and designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas.
They are a series of not-for-profit, physical centres where the best of the UK’s businesses, scientists and engineers work side by side on late-stage research and development – transforming high potential ideas into new products and services to generate economic growth.
Each Catapult centre does this by providing access to expert technical capabilities, equipment, and other resources required to take innovative ideas from concept to reality.
Sharing in Growth works with the High Value Manufacturing Catapult which is a network of seven centres.
Advanced Forming Research Centre AFRC, Glasgow – a collaborative venture between the University of Strathclyde, leading multinational engineering firms including Rolls-Royce, Boeing, TIMET, Aubert & Duval, Barnes Aerospace, Bifrangi and DMG Mori, the UK Government and Scottish Enterprise. The AFRC focuses on developing forming and forging technologies to support the design and manufacture of products, across a range of sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Energy, Medical Devices and Marine.
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre AMRC, Sheffield – The University of Sheffield AMRC with Boeing focuses on advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors. It identifies, researches and resolves advanced manufacturing problems on behalf of its industrial partners.
Centre for Process Innovation CPI, Redcar – uses applied knowledge in science and engineering combined with state of the art development facilities to enable clients to develop, prove, prototype and scale up the next generation of products and processes.
Manufacturing Technology Centre MTC, Coventry – founded by the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and TWI Ltd, the MTC provides a flexible approach to working with both large and small companies and offers a tailored service designed to meet the company needs, which ranges from consultancy support for specific problems to a long-term relationship for programme based projects through MTC membership.
National Composites Centre NCC, Bristol – With over 100 specialist composite engineers, designers and technicians working on innovative composite applications the NCC provides industrial scale research and technology development facilities to meet the needs of all sectors wishing to capitalise on the high-strength, low weight, corrosion-resistant qualities of composites materials.
Nuclear AMRC, Rotherham – The centre’s workshop contains a range of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment tailored for nuclear industry applications, making it the centre with the largest machining capability of any research and development facility in the world.
WMG Catapult, Coventry – addressing the challenge of low carbon mobility through research and development in lightweight technologies and propulsion and energy storage.