Crewe manufacturer invests in technology with Made Smarter support

Crewe manufacturer invests in technology with Made Smarter support

A Crewe manufacturer has secured support from Made Smarter, the movement helping SMEs join the Industry 4.0 revolution.

Effective CNC Solutions, based in Wistaston, is among the latest wave of manufacturers to get funding from the North West technology adoption pilot.

Since it was launched two years ago, Made Smarter has engaged with 154 businesses in Cheshire to help them introduce digital tools and technologies to boost productivity and growth, and navigate the impact of Covid-19.

Gary Pearson, Director of Effective CNC Solutions, said:

With the support and advice of Made Smarter we are able to invest in the latest digital twin virtual modelling and development tools as part of an ambitious project to develop, build and market a new type of machine tool concept. 

This will allow us to reduce the time taken to develop and market the concept, and make significant cost reductions.

Andy Devaney, Business Innovation Director at Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

Embracing the support available from Made Smarter has helped 14 businesses in Cheshire and Warrington to increase productivity and accept new orders. With the impact of Covid-19, it has become more vital than ever for businesses to adapt and find new ways of working. 

The advice and funding Made Smarter offers helps manufacturers use the right digital technologies and tools to become more sustainable and able to take advantage of growth opportunities. By utilising the support available, including Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub, manufacturers can reduce costs, enhance their product offering, improve customer experience and keep up with the competition.

Across the wider region the Made Smarter North West pilot has engaged with 1,131 businesses, giving 540 intensive support, and supporting 126 businesses with £3.2M matched funding for 155 projects. This investment is forecast to deliver an additional £118M in gross value added (GVA) for the region’s economy over the next three years, create over 750 new jobs and upskill almost 1,600 existing roles.

Juergen Maier CBE, Chair of Made Smarter, said:

I am delighted to see the positive impact that Made Smarter’s adoption pilot is having on individuals, businesses, the environment, and the UK economy.

In the tumultuous times we face, it can be tempting to simply cut costs rather than invest. Yet, in the long term, this approach runs the risk of businesses getting left behind. For the UK manufacturing sector to thrive and become a world leader, we need to find ways to encourage innovation and the adoption of digital technologies.

As well as technology, Made Smarter has supported manufacturers to develop digital strategies and new skills. 

Donna Edwards, North West Pilot Programme Director at Made Smarter, said:

Over the last two years the pilot has proven the value technology can bring to the manufacturing sector. 

We have helped hundreds of North West makers start their digital journey by providing them with specialist advice to help them select the right approach, level of investment and tools for their business.

We have seen huge success with Made Smarter-supported businesses reporting growth, productivity and efficiency gains, job creation and high-value jobs. We’re also playing a crucial role in helping the UK reach its ambitious aim of net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050.

Reaching 155 funded projects which will support 126 businesses to create over 750 new jobs and upskill almost 1,600 existing roles is a tremendous achievement.

We are determined to continue reaching out to the region’s SME manufacturers to connect them to the tools that will make an everyday difference to their businesses. I would encourage manufacturers to contact Made Smarter to ensure they don’t miss out.

The Made Smarter Leadership programme, in partnership with Lancaster University and now also delivered by the University of Liverpool and Manchester Metropolitan University, are designed to equip business leaders with the vision and the skills to pursue smarter manufacturing.

Manufacturers have also benefited from Made Smarter’s digital technology internships which offer students and graduates paid placements to work on live technology projects. Some have even secured jobs following their placement.

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