5 ways MADE Cymru can benefit manufacturers in Wales


Author: Graham Howe, Principal Research Fellow, MADE Cymru

In the constantly-evolving world of manufacturing, Industry 4.0 is an opportunity to explore technologies that have the potential to increase efficiency, maximise productivity and future-proof businesses.

MADE Cymru, a suite of EU-funded projects supported by the European Structural and Investment Funds through the Welsh Government and delivered by University of Wales Trinity Saint David, is here to help. Our university-accredited courses and expert-led business support scheme can help individuals and organisations to adapt to both the challenges and opportunities of Industry 4.0.

From remote learning opportunities to hands-on support with prototyping, our experienced team is on hand to help you embrace the latest knowledge, research and technologies. And what’s more, the MADE Cymru Upskilling for Industry 4.0 and International Innovation programmes are fully-funded (for eligible businesses). Here are five key ways MADE Cymru can help.

1. A flexible way to learn while you work

The programmes we offer via MADE Cymru have been specifically developed to suit the working lives of professionals in manufacturing and innovation.

We run our online sessions on Friday afternoons each week, and our virtual learning environment means you can attend lectures from anywhere, with realtime communication and collaboration taking place online between course participants.

You’ll finish the course with a university accredited qualification, but you won’t need to wait until the programme is complete to apply the skills you’ve learned straightaway.

2. A rewarding way to increase job satisfaction

MADE Cymru offers numerous upskilling opportunities that employers and their teams can benefit from. With remotely taught courses available via our International Innovation Masters and Upskilling for Industry 4.0 programmes, individuals and teams can benefit from expert-led modules that teach both cutting-edge and timeless manufacturing and innovation principles, all of which can be practiced and applied directly in the workplace.

In addition, by working with our Research team, individuals will be able to discover technologies, processes and knowledge that transforms the way they work on a day to day basis.

3. Realise the economic benefits of Industry 4.0

With access to state-of-the-art facilities available at our Centre for Advanced Batch Manufacture (CBM), participants have the rare opportunity to access and learn about advanced technologies before they risk any personal investment in machinery or processes.

Far too often, manufacturers have been sold very expensive equipment solutions without being fully aware of how it will deliver the results they expect. Our Advanced Design Engineering (ADE) project is a chance for manufacturers in Wales to try before they buy, collaborate with experts to access technologies such as additive manufacturing, 3D scanning/reverse engineering, vacuum casting and product optimisation software to see whether they really are the right tools for the job. As well as having access to these advanced technologies, participating companies will be guided by our expert team through the entire R&D process.

4. Collaborate with experts

Developing products, processes and prototypes can be a long and complicated process. By taking part in our ADE programme, you can benefit from the support and expertise of our team, who use their knowledge and experience to offer a wide range of approaches and technologies that could help you bring your prototype or concept to life.

We’ll work with you to explore how advanced technologies, new materials, tools and techniques could optimise your products and increase efficiencies in your manufacturing processes.

Following the development of a prototype, we can collaborate with you to implement the new technology, process or product into a commercially viable solution. All our academics and researchers have solid industry experience – evident in both the teaching and the collaborative projects.

5. A lifelong network of support

Working with MADE Cymru can open opportunities to communicate and collaborate with a wide network of manufacturers in Wales and beyond.

The cohorts are made up of students from different roles, backgrounds and manufacturing sectors. As well as collaborating with the students you learn alongside and participate in group projects with, attending the remote sessions on our International Innovation Masters will introduce you to innovation experts from around the world, allowing you to discover a truly global perspective on manufacturing and innovation.

The MADE Cymru team has a solid track record of working with companies and stakeholders in the sector and can help facilitate collaborations or offer advice and referrals. The team can support you in navigating the challenges of modern manufacturing and assist you in finding the solution you need. Get in contact, call 01792 481199, email [email protected] or visit www.madecymru.co.uk