The UK economy has a strong base in high value manufacturing and advanced materials. It underpins sectors such as aerospace, automotive, energy, transport and process industries.
The UK is an attractive location for foreign direct investment. It is also an exporter of manufactured products. We need to make sure we encourage the highest-value activities to stay in, or move back to, the UK.
We can do this by making sure that businesses have access to the best equipment, skills and expertise. We will help them test and prove their solutions. We will also help them access the latest manufacturing and materials technologies.
Increasing the number of UK companies that base their operations in the UK will reduce the trade gap. It will also increase exports.
Our priority areas are:
using digital technologies in new ways to increase productivity, systems flexibility and resource efficiency
manufacturing readiness at scale
supporting automotive and aerospace research
early stage manufacturing and materials concepts
Catapults - technology and innovation centres
We have built up a network of Catapults. These are technology and innovation centres that bridge the gap between universities and businesses. Catapults help businesses undertake late-stage R&D and commercialise traditional academic research. The Catapult for this sector is the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. The HVM and Digital Catapults will lead on upgrading UK digital manufacturing capability.
We also help UK organisations take part in European research, development and innovation programmes. These include Horizon 2020.
Our work in manufacturing and materials
This section provides information on the sorts of projects that have been supported as part of Innovate UK’s manufacturing and materials programme.