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ASTUTE 2020

The team of world-class academics and highly qualified technical experts will collaborate with industry to address manufacturing challenges to develop sustainable, higher value goods and services for the global market.

The ASTUTE 2020 (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies) operation, supporting manufacturing companies across Wales, has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and the participating Higher Education Institutions.


Cabinet Secretary Mark Drakeford said:

“I’m delighted that EU funds are helping Welsh businesses to improve productivity by exploiting the expertise within our highly acclaimed academic institutions and adopting leading-edge technologies to achieve commercial success and growth in our economy.”

  • Innovation & Skills for Manufacturing Roadshow

    Innovation & Skills for Manufacturing Roadshow

    21/05/2019

    As the economic benefits of innovation are realised through businesses, research, skills, workplace practices, and management, collaboration is critical to maximising the value of innovation. Hear first-hand from EU funded operations ASTUTE 2020, METAL and M2A about the support on offer to help your business upskill your workforce, exploit opportunities for collaboration, and ultimately gain competitive advantages. Multiple Locations across Wales.
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    Promoting, Supporting and Inspiring Women in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) - International Women's Day

    Promoting, Supporting and Inspiring Women in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) - International Women's Day

    08/03/2019

    I have worked as part of team of engineers and have never felt that being female has been an issue. Within my role in ASTUTE I’ve always felt encouraged, supported and valued by all my colleagues. I think that if you have a passion for your topic and good knowledge in your field then people will listen to the things that you have to say, regardless of your gender.
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    Innovation & Knowledge Exchange - Investing in future manufacturing technologies

    Innovation & Knowledge Exchange - Investing in future manufacturing technologies

    21/02/2019

    ASTUTE 2020 recently teamed up with NatWest and Industry Wales to run a free event for companies in the manufacturing sector to raise awareness of the support available to Welsh businesses that are looking to invest in future manufacturing technologies. The event highlighted the importance of exploiting existing and creating new opportunities to gain competitive advantages in future manufacturing technologies and the importance of adapting to change.
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    Having successfully collaborated with ASTUTE during the 2010 – 2015 funding phase, Affresol continues to strive for improvements within the company

    Having successfully collaborated with ASTUTE during the 2010 – 2015 funding phase, Affresol continues to strive for improvements within the company

    24/01/2019

    Utilising ASTUTE 2020’s expertise to develop and enhance the efficiency of the manufacturing process by improving already existing or creating new methods that are more suitable for TPR® material.
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    ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Lyte Industries (Wales) one of the few companies still manufacturing access equipment such as ladders in the UK

    ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Lyte Industries (Wales) one of the few companies still manufacturing access equipment such as ladders in the UK

    30/10/2018

    ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Swansea based Lyte Industries (Wales) will allow Lyte to advance their manufacturing systems to evaluate and improve efficiency, quality and delivery, leading to increased sales revenue to ensure a long-term future for the company in West Wales and the Valleys
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    ASTUTE 2020's collaboration Team Precision Pipe Assemblies on comparing simulation and value stream mapping for cell layout

    ASTUTE 2020's collaboration Team Precision Pipe Assemblies on comparing simulation and value stream mapping for cell layout

    01/06/2018

    Team Precision were seeking collaborative support from ASTUTE 2020 in gaining a better understanding of their current manufacturing capabilities and capacity, and ways to identify possible improvements.
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    ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Kautex Textron into liquid flow patterns through micro nozzles

    ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Kautex Textron into liquid flow patterns through micro nozzles

    09/05/2018

    Continuing from a series of successful collaborative projects during the 2010 – 2015 funding phase of ASTUTE, Kautex was able to utilise the knowledge gained from the previous projects to develop two of their own nozzle designs. To further increase Kautex’s understanding of the key parameters of the nozzles, a collaborative project on the liquid flow patterns was carried out with ASTUTE 2020.
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    ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Weartech International on evolving the research capacity into wear resistant multicomponent alloys - microstructure approach

    ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Weartech International on evolving the research capacity into wear resistant multicomponent alloys - microstructure approach

    25/04/2018

    It is expected that through engagement and collaboration with ASTUTE 2020, Weartech’s advanced manufacturing knowledge will increase, alongside certain improvements, be applied more widely to production, providing additional gains for Weartech.
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    ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Weartech International evolving the research capacity into wear resistant multicomponent alloys – computational approach

    ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Weartech International evolving the research capacity into wear resistant multicomponent alloys – computational approach

    25/04/2018

    The collaborative project with ASTUTE 2020 aims to support Weartech’s ambition to potentially increase Weartech’s market share (up to 30% increase on orders), taking the company to a potential £15m turnover in the future.
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    ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Frontier Medical Group exploring the development of methodologies for enhanced and sustainable competitiveness in injection moulding

    ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with Frontier Medical Group exploring the development of methodologies for enhanced and sustainable competitiveness in injection moulding

    29/03/2018

    Following on from a successful collaboration between Frontier and ASTUTE (2010 – 2015) on Repose® and Frontier’s ongoing focus to remain competitive, utilise new materials and optimise processes, a collaborative Research and Development (R&D) project with ASTUTE 2020 was scoped.
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    ASTUTE 2020 in collaboration with Marine Power Systems Ltd. on their clean, Reliable and Affordable Wave Power Technology

    ASTUTE 2020 in collaboration with Marine Power Systems Ltd. on their clean, Reliable and Affordable Wave Power Technology

    14/09/2017

    ASTUTE 2020 is working with MPS on generating suitable computational models using information supplied by MPS along with performing finite element analysis on the structure.
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    ASTUTE 2020 collaboration with Calon Cardio-Technology Ltd. will enable clinical trials in the UK's first Ventricular Assist Device

    ASTUTE 2020 collaboration with Calon Cardio-Technology Ltd. will enable clinical trials in the UK's first Ventricular Assist Device

    17/07/2017

    Calon Cardio is developing the next generation of implantable blood pumps for the treatment of advanced chronic heart failure, the MiniVAD™, Miniature Ventricular Assist Device.
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