Business and Innovation Projects. News - 20 May 2022

D2N2 LEP part of group driving £50m Smart Manufacturing Data Hub to boost digital revolution

UK manufacturers are to have their productivity and competitiveness boosted thanks to a new data innovation hub and testbed led by Ulster University, Industry Minister Lee Rowley announced this week – and D2N2 LEP is one of a small group or organisations driving the project.

The £50 million Smart Manufacturing Data Hub (SMDH) will support small and medium size manufacturers to capture and better utilise their data, helping them increase productivity, growth and sustainability. Businesses in sectors spanning from food and drink, aerospace and many more will be supported to develop, test and adopt the latest data-driven technologies.

Nearly 10,000 manufacturers are expected to benefit from the hub and 13,000 jobs will be supported, helping to boost economic growth and level-up regions across the UK. The hub will be supported by £20 million from the UK government backed Made Smarter Innovation Programme, along with £30 million of business co-investment.

The Digital Manufacturing Revolution

UK Industry Minister Lee Rowley said: “As we embrace the digital manufacturing revolution, it is vital manufacturers across the UK can capitalise on the productivity and growth gains that come with adopting the latest data-led digital technologies.

“The Smart Manufacturing Data Hub, backed by £20 million of government funds, will support companies to implement cutting edge production and process techniques themselves, helping bring the next generation of products to our shelves in a more efficient and sustainable way.”

The hub will host an online Manufacturing Data Exchange Platform that will enable companies to submit their manufacturing data and receive recommendations in return, helping to improve their products and processes. A dedicated £5 million fund will then provide companies with grants to make further improvements in areas of critical importance to their business.

Virtual manufacturing testbeds will allow companies to create a “digital twin” to simulate the implementation of digital technology on their own processes, harnessing data from other manufacturers that have already adopted the technologies to encourage investment.

The SMDH will also provide manufacturers with expert analysis of their emissions and energy data from support staff specialising in data analytics and engineering, which will help them target reductions in waste, energy use and ultimately improve sustainability.

Coming soon to the rest of the UK

The SMDH will first be accessible by small and medium size manufacturers in Northern Ireland in the coming months, before going live for companies across the rest of the UK. The programme will be supported across the rest of the UK by 12 delivery partners including, University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing, Industry Wales and Scottish Engineering along with The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

The funding comes as part of the £300 million Made Smarter Innovation Challenge, a collaboration between UK Government and industry designed to support the development and increased use of new and existing industrial digital technologies, including artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

The challenge aims to deliver a resilient, flexible, more productive and environmentally sustainable UK manufacturing sector. It will also develop new technologies that can be exploited commercially across the manufacturing industry, worldwide.

Latest News & Events

11 April 2024

D2N2 LEP CEO, Will Morlidge, features in Business Network magazine

Read Article

11 April 2024

Our region’s Youth Voice Ambassadors take centre stage at the Connected Futures Youth Led Event in Birmingham

Read Article

10 April 2024

Sign up to join the EMCCA Adult Education Budget online webcast on Tuesday 16th April

Read Article

09 April 2024

Midlands Net Zero Hub supporting Derbyshire Dales Community Energy scheme

Read Article

28 March 2024

Our region, our mayor, our vote: People in our region will decide who leads a £4 billion boost for the East Midlands

Read Article

27 March 2024

Midlands Net Zero Hub supporting Cromford Mills UNESCO World Heritage site hydro scheme

Read Article

26 March 2024

D2N2 LEP inviting bids for the delivery of Skills Bootcamps Wave 5

Read Article

22 March 2024

D2N2 LEP CEO Will Morlidge presents at the ‘Hydrogen Rail in the Midlands’ conference at Alstom, Derby

Read Article

21 March 2024

Historic first board meeting of the East Midlands Combined County Authority (EMCCA) and EMCCA launch event held in Chesterfield

Read Article

19 March 2024

D2N2 Careers Hub partners with the East Midlands Institute of Technology to deliver innovative Careers in the Curriculum Conference

Read Article

Get in touch.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sign up
Address

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership
8 Experian Way
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG2 1EP

Social

Our Partners