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New Disruptive Technologies Initiative Set to Support Welsh Manufacturers

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Leaders in Welsh manufacturing recently gathered to welcome the launch of the MADE (Manufacture for Advanced Design Engineering) project.


This suite of EU-funded projects, being delivered by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) Centre for Advanced Batch Manufacture (CBM), is designed to collaborate with SMEs within industry to future-proof their operations, by upskilling and by adopting advanced manufacturing technologies.

The MADE project, which is being rolled out now for 36 months, is being offered to qualifying organisations as an integrated portfolio, to help Welsh manufacturers understand the challenges they face and how they can respond to them, by tapping into disruptive technologies and training, appropriate for their businesses.

UWTSD Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Brown, says:

“We are very pleased to launch the MADE project at one of the key manufacturing sites in Wales – Ford’s Bridgend Engine Plant.  These are challenging times for manufacturing in Wales, with a number of uncertainties ahead. The on-going Brexit process will usher in economic shifts, we are seeing rapid changes, relevant to manufacturing, unfolding in the world of technology, and there are underlying evolutions in play as far as working patterns and staffing is concerned.

“The MADE initiative offers a smart suite of collaborative projects, providing vital tools for manufacturers who are determined to be well-equipped for the future. We are already liaising with manufacturers of all kinds, to talk with them about how the MADE project can help them. We would encourage manufacturers to get in touch with the MADE team to find out how we can work together to benefit their operations.”

Mark Thomas, Manufacturing and Plant Engineering Area Manager, based at Bridgend, says:

“It is great to see the MADE project coming to fruition in Wales and we would urge forward-thinking business leaders to embrace the opportunities it offers. It is important that business owners do all they can to ensure their operations are nimble, modern, and that they pre-empt such shifts rather than simply being reactive and playing catch-up.

“Ensuring our workforces are well-versed in the intricacies of disruptive technologies is something we cannot afford to avoid. It is vital to the health and vibrancy of our businesses and our economy and I would encourage businesses to take advantage of the important resources being made available by the MADE programme.”

UWTSD Vice-Chancellor, Professor Medwin Hughes said:

“The University is pleased to launch the MADE project at the site of one of the country’s key employers. UWTSD has a long tradition of working in partnership with industry, delivering programmes and working in collaboration to meet their needs. The programmes offered through the MADE project will enable us to work with the manufacturing sector to respond to the technical challenges of the fourth industrial revolution and to support the sector to maximise the opportunities offered through such innovation.

“The University shares the Welsh Government’s ambition, in securing EU funding, assisting companies to boost their competitiveness and productivity in order to secure growth and jobs, particularly in West Wales and the Valleys, where such investment is much needed.”

Manufacturers in Wales who want to find out more can go to: made.wales

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Advanced Design Engineering (50:50 collaboration. Match with employees time, and no cash cost to the company)

This project is focused on helping Welsh SMEs in the supply chain network to realise the benefits of new technologies in a practical way, piloting applications of technology such as electron beam melting, additive layer manufacturing, 3D scanning/reverse engineering, vacuum casting and product development.

Upskilling for Industry 4.0:Wales (up to 70% EU Funded*) – Advanced Manufacturing

These qualifications are delivered using a blended learning approach, helping organisations overcome the hype of Industry 4.0 and focus on clear, deliverable technologies that participants can use in their organisations straight away, giving the skills they need to deliver authentic economic benefit.

IIM: International Innovation Management (up to 70% EU funded*)

This Masters programme seeks to produce managers with an international perspective who understand how to bring innovative products and services to market, how companies can introduce and exploit innovation, and how new commercial opportunities can be identified and realised.

Both programmes are at Masters level, through modular bite-size learning, which students can access in a hop-on / hop-off style, as there are multiple entry points during the calendar year, enabling participants to give value for their organisations and still balance their work and other commitments.

*subject to eligibility
The suite of projects has been supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government and supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Peirianneg Dylunio Uwch (cydweithrediad 50:50. Cyfateb gydag amser gweithwyr, dim cost ariannol i’r cwmni)

Mae’r prosiect yn ffocysu ar helpu Busnesau Bach a Chanolig Cymru yn y rhwydwaith dolen gyflenwi i wireddu buddion technolegau newydd mewn ffordd ymarferol, peilota’r defnydd o dechnoleg megis toddi pelydrau electronau, gweithgynhyrchu haenau ychwanegol, sganio 3D/ôl-saernïo, castio gwactod a datblygu cynnyrch.

Uwchsgilio ar gyfer diwydiant 4.0: Cymru (Wedi’i gyllido gan yr UE hyd at 70%*) – Uwch Gynhyrchu

Mae’r cymwysterau hyn yn cael eu cyflwyno gan ddefnyddio dull dysgu cyfunol, yn helpu sefydliadau i ymdopi â heip Diwydiant 4.0 a ffocysu ar dechnolegau clir, danfonadwy y gall cyfranogwyr eu defnyddio ar unwaith yn eu sefydliadau, gan rhoi iddyn nhw’r sgiliau sydd eu hangen i ddarparu buddion economaidd dilys.

IIM: Rheoli Arloesedd Rhyngwladol (Wedi’i gyllido gan yr UE hyd at 70*)

Mae’r rhaglen Meistr yn anelu at gynhyrchu rheolwyr gyda golwg ryngwladol sy’n deall sut i ddod â nwyddau a gwasanaethau arloesol i’r farchnad, sut y gall cwmnïau gyflwyno a gwneud y mwyaf o arloesedd, a sut y gellir adnabod a gwireddu cyfleoedd masnachol newydd.

Mae’r ddwy raglen ar lefel Meistr, drwy ddysgu modiwlaidd mewn darnau bach, y mae myfyrwyr yn gallu mynd atynt unrhyw bryd, gan bod nifer o bwyntiau ymuno yn ystod y flwyddyn galendr, gan olygu bod cyfranogwyr yn gallu rhoi gwerth i’w sefydliadau a chydbwyso eu gwaith a’u hymrwymiadau eraill ar yr un pryd.

*yn amodol ar gymhwystra
Mae’r gyfres hon o brosiectau wedi ei chefnogi gan Gronfa Cymdeithasol Ewrop drwy Lywodraeth Cymru a’i chefnogi gan Gronfa Datblygu Rhanbarthol Ewrop.

 

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