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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.”

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    Welsh Government - Succeeding in China: How to Mitigate Intellectual Property

    01/11/2018

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    ASTUTE project shortlisted for EU award – public choice voting now open

    ASTUTE project shortlisted for EU award – public choice voting now open

    03/07/2018

    A project led by Swansea University has been shortlisted for a European Union RegioStars Award. ASTUTE (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies 2010-2015) is a vibrant alliance between eight universities in Wales, specifically formed to stimulate regional and national economic growth.
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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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    Engaging the automotive industry with collaboration benefits

    Engaging the automotive industry with collaboration benefits

    25/05/2018

    On Thursday 17th May, the Welsh Automotive Forum (WAF), Swansea University’s College of Engineering and ASTUTE 2020, co-hosted an event for WAF automotive industry representatives at the state-of-the-art Bay Campus, Swansea University as part of WAF’s South West regional meeting.
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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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    £8m EU-backed boost to roll out initiative to drive ground breaking research to support the manufacturing industry

    £8m EU-backed boost to roll out initiative to drive ground breaking research to support the manufacturing industry

    16/02/2018

    Welsh manufacturing businesses will benefit from an extra £8m to extend a scheme to help them access world-class expertise to develop cutting-edge new products and services, Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford today said. [16.02.18]
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    ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with The Aluminium Lighting Company Ltd. into the Remonte Monitoring of Lighting Columns in Service

    ASTUTE 2020's collaboration with The Aluminium Lighting Company Ltd. into the Remonte Monitoring of Lighting Columns in Service

    04/10/2017

    Continuing from successful collaborations during the 2010 –2015 funding phase of ASTUTE, ASTUTE 2020’s collaboration with ALC aimed to identify more closely how a lighting column is actually performing in real time against its predicted level of performance.
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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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    Highly Commended Tidal Anchor Demonstrated at Seawork International 2017

    Highly Commended Tidal Anchor Demonstrated at Seawork International 2017

    13/09/2017

    Divemex Ltd. were experienced in maritime industries and recognised the necessity for a new type of anchor. ASTUTE 2020’s collaboration with Divemex was to determine performance parameters with particular reference to accuracy/repeatability of launch position and embedding final position of the new anchor.
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    ASTUTE 2020 Innovative & Experimental Capabilities Showcased

    ASTUTE 2020 Innovative & Experimental Capabilities Showcased

    13/09/2017

    On the weekend of the 9th – 10th September, ASTUTE 2020 participated in Swansea University’s Science Festival.
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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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    Welsh Companies can Capitalise on Academic Expertise in Industry 4.0

    Welsh Companies can Capitalise on Academic Expertise in Industry 4.0

    25/05/2017

    Welsh companies have the opportunity to learn from the experience gained on ‘what worked’ and ‘what did not work’ during Uni-Pol’s journey to Industry 4.0 through collaboration with ASTUTE 2020.
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