The Advanced Manufacturing & Materials Sector

Innovation in manufacturing and materials has resulted in the development of more efficient and faster processes, new materials that ease manufacturing and advanced materials for improved product performance. This sector is responsible for many wider economic impacts including lean production techniques, rapid prototyping, CAD, sensors, polymers, and nanomaterials.

Advanced manufacturing in the UK is thriving, with a number of UK companies highly competitive on the world stage – in particular within additive manufacturing and advanced composite materials. The growth of these sectors has seen the UK ranked 9th globally in terms of manufacturing.

The aim of grant funding in these industries is to sustain long-term competitiveness and encourage broader innovation through resource efficiency, intelligent production and the development of new materials. Granted have supported a number of companies in applying for funds such as Innovate UK’s Materials and Manufacturing call, including ENSO, by creating cleaner and more energy efficient tyres for electric vehicles.