Embedding Advanced & Sustainable Technologies into Welsh Manufacturing
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 will collaborate with the High-Value 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.
Key Principles of ASTUTE 2020
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.
Industry projects focusing on a research challenge with world-class expertise in the areas of:
- Advanced Materials Technology
- Computational Engineering Modelling
- Manufacturing Systems Engineering
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.
Swansea University's contribution
Swansea University's contribution to the delivery of ASTUTE 2020 will be based in the College of Engineering.
The College’s world-leading research fields of Materials Science and Computational Modelling are at the heart of driving RD&I for industrial applications. 94% of research produced by these high-impact research groups being deemed World Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality in REF 2014. In addition to these strengths, the College is offering expertise in Future Manufacturing Technologies to future proof and de-risk adoption of new technologies.
The previous ASTUTE project (2010 - 2015) has seen a steady stream of collaboration requests from companies in a range of different technology areas. In accordance with a Smart Specialisation approach, we have identified the key expertise themes for high economic impact and ASTUTE 2020 will focus only on those areas of industrial demand where we can specifically bring to bear the established world-leading and internationally excellent expertise found across the Welsh Universities' partnership to address the industrial RD&I needs.