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MTC’S digital manufacturing accelerator initiative in Liverpool launches Win3 competition
Published:  16 March, 2021

MTC’s Digital Manufacturing Accelerator (DMA) initiative in the Liverpool City Region has launched the Win3 competition to give organisations within the region an opportunity to secure investment to support the delivery of disruptive manufacturing and supply chain commercial solutions. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

The Liverpool City Region is home to a number of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), pharmaceutical and food manufacturing companies. These organisations, and those from other sectors, require a robust supply chain to support the production of new, innovative products, processes, and new business models to maintain their competitive edge.

The Win3 pilot initiative is designed to support both industrial end users, and technology and service providers in innovative projects that can demonstrate solutions in several areas. These include accelerating the development of products; enabling flexible manufacturing processes; delivering integrated data-driven processes and product lifecycle management; and increasing efficiency in production.

To be eligible to apply to access match funding of up to 75% of total project costs, organisations must be based, with significant operations, or are proposing to work with an organisation in the Liverpool City Region. They must also demonstrate a strategically aligned viable project plan with the capability of delivering a significant ROI, positive impact on society, and a clear need for grant funding to take a product or process to market.

On the project, Dr. Hannah Edmonds, chief engineer of the Digital Manufacturing Accelerator at the MTC commented: “The Win3 initiative is a really exciting opportunity for businesses across the region to access funding to take their new and emerging products and processes to market. Crucially, they will also have access to the world leading manufacturing research, technology and expertise that comes with partnering with the DMA project and the wider MTC ecosystem."

She added: “For the DMA project, this competition will also help us to strengthen the Liverpool City Region’s digital manufacturing capabilities. In doing so this will enable us to grow the expertise within the supply chain that will ultimately accelerate digital innovation and adoption across more organisations in the region.”

Embarking on a minimum ten-year mission, the £15 million funded DMA programme aims to accelerate the implementation of innovative physical and digital manufacturing technologies into UK manufacturing and supply chains. The project brings together world-leading manufacturing research and technology experts to build a state-of-the-art reconfigurable factory with digital and physical test beds, to support manufacturing businesses and provide new engineering jobs and apprenticeships.

Projects are expected to start within eight weeks of the funding being awarded and should not last longer than six months with applications closing on Friday 9th April 2021.