New Programme Launches to Support NE Manufacturing Firms

Local manufacturers are being given the opportunity to explore emerging technology as regional innovation hub, Digital Catapult Centre North East & Tees Valley (NETV), today (6th September) launches a new Digital Manufacturing Programme. The programme was designed to ensure North East firms benefit from the predicted multi-billion pound boost, that digital transformation in manufacturing is expected to deliver.

Made up of 4 expert-led workshops and onsite one-to-one support, the programme will offer a comprehensive introduction to a variety of new technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, Low Powered Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) and Virtual Reality.

Led by the Digital Catapult Centre NETV team, and supported by leading industry experts, manufacturers will explore how new technological advancements will impact the manufacturing industry and how to utilise them to improve productivity and competitiveness.

Programme Manager Sophie Craggs said: “The North East has a thriving manufacturing sector and it is important that specialised support and expertise are available to encourage these businesses as they move to adopt advanced digital technologies.

“At the Digital Catapult Centre NETV, we’ve seen the benefits large manufacturing firms enjoy by embracing emerging technology. However, our experience shows that there are many small and medium sized enterprises in the sector that currently are uncertain about how and when to adopt digital solutions. We hope to help them overcome this, to ensure regional productivity doesn’t suffer.”

Naomi Morrow, lead for Digital Catapult Centre NETV, said: “Findings from the recent Made Smarter Review predict that digital transformation in manufacturing could see a multi-billion-pound boost to the economy. With the Digital Manufacturing Programme we want to encourage manufacturers in the North East to consider the impact of adopting these technologies, sooner rather than later.

“We are passionate about future-proofing the largest sector in the region. By offering an in-depth support package to local manufacturers, we can support the sector in adopting these new technologies. It’s vital that North East businesses are not left behind as the Fourth Industrial Revolution gets underway.”

The Digital Manufacturing Programme is open to manufacturers of all sizes within the North East & Tees Valley region, with the programme starting on 1st October 2018. For full details and to register your interest, please contact Sophie Craggs at