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Demand-led by industry, the EU-backed multi-University partnership (Swansea, Cardiff, Aberystwyth, University of South Wales and University of Wales Trinity Saint David) is working together with the Welsh Manufacturing Industry to embed advanced and sustainable future manufacturing technologies through knowledge exchange.

ASTUTE 2020 already operates across North and West Wales and the South Wales Valleys. Thanks to an extra EU funding boost, it will now be rolled out to support businesses across the rest of Wales, including Cardiff, Newport, Vale of Glamorgan, Monmouthshire, Powys, Flintshire and Wrexham.

ASTUTE 2020 will work with the manufacturing industry across Wales through effective collaboration with academia, harnessing world-class academic expertise across the University partnership, and offering support from  highly qualified researchers and technical experts. Unique access to state-of-the-art research facilities, experimental equipment, advanced techniques and bespoke software will enable greater levels of business innovation in future manufacturing processes.

The aim is to drive productivity and growth within the industry by de-risking sustainable future manufacturing technologies and developing higher-value goods and services of the future for the global market.

Craig Williams, Managing Director at The Aluminium Lighting Company, said: “The ASTUTE 2020 programme means we can access specialist knowledge that we do not have.  Working with Swansea University we are looking to apply concepts of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Neural Networking in developing and refining our exciting new product and service.”   


Industry Support:

ASTUTE 2020 enables greater levels of business innovation in future manufacturing processes by:

  • Collaborating on Industry demand-led projects to de-risk new technologies.
  • Driving and supporting cutting-edge Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I).
  • Increasing competitiveness and future proofing.
  • Encouraging stimulation of ideas and challenges to foster knowledge exchange.


Manufacturing Focus:

Industry projects focusing on a research challenge with world-class expertise in the areas of:

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


Collaborative Projects:

Proposals for collaborative RD&I projects will be developed by the industrial partner together with a dedicated ASTUTE 2020 technical manager and will require approval by an industrial-academic committee before a project can proceed.

Who can ASTUTE 2020 support:

Welsh manufacturing companies across a variety of sectors, including aerospace, automotive, energy generation, oil and gas, medical devices, electronics and food etc.

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