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£89 million new investment in UK Catapult network

Autumn Statement includes additional support for High Value Manufacturing Catapult and a new National Formulation Centre.

An image of two robots working together
Twin robots working in perfect harmony at the National Composites Centre in Bristol - one of the seven High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres

New funding announced in today’s Autumn Statement will help businesses create the next generation of products in innovative areas from robotic tools and printable electronics to carbon fibre composites.

  • £61 million will be invested across the High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres whose cutting-edge equipment and expertise is helping around 2,250 manufacturers create innovative technologies and products

  • a £28 million investment will create a new world-class research and development centre – the National Formulation Centre – specialising in the development of formulated products such as medicines and chemicals

An image of an LED 'sleep mask' that tackles the causes of sight loss
Polyphotonix LED 'sleep mask' that tackles the causes of sight loss. Developed with help and support from the Centre for Process Innovation in Darlington - one of the seven High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres

Welcoming the support for innovation and R&D announced in the Autumn Statement, Chief Executive of Innovate UK Iain Gray said:

This Autumn Statement is a huge vote of confidence in innovative business up and down the country.

The extra support and new centre in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult that Innovate UK is setting up shows just how valuable the Catapults are to business, and how successful they have been in transforming the innovation landscape.

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Published 3 December 2014