Embedding Advanced & Sustainable Technologies into Welsh Manufacturing
The ASTUTE 2020 (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies) operation led by Swansea University in partnership with Cardiff University, Aberystwyth University & the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will support industrial Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) through world-class academics and a team of highly qualified technical experts and project managers. The five-year operation (2015-2020) has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and the participating Higher Education Institutions.
ASTUTE 2020 will collaborate with the High-Value Manufacturing industry in West Wales and the Valleys (WWV) to stimulate transformational and sustainable growth by facilitating and de-risking the development and adoption of advanced technologies, increasing competitiveness and future proofing.
ASTUTE 2020 – Industry projects will:
- be demand-led by industry
- require a Research Challenge in Computational Engineering Modelling, Advanced Materials Technology or Manufacturing Systems Engineering
- involve Collaboration, so that the companies and the Universities share the inputs, outputs and risks
- bring economic benefit to West Wales and the Valleys
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.