Despite having a presence on the Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) campus for the past four years, significant expansion of its operations means it is moving to a larger 4,750 ft2 facility on the LSP campus.

Dr Charlie Whitford, associate director for strategic development at the MTC, says: "We’re excited to be expanding our footprint in Liverpool, and broadening our services and support for the wider northwest by supporting skills, productivity and growth in the region."

He adds: "We are looking forward to continuing our work with Liverpool John Moores, as well as working with the University of Liverpool and other regional stakeholders to help manufacturers in the area stay competitive. We can also help manufacturers improve product development, tap into new technologies and translate academic research into innovative solutions for industry."

Mark Power, vice-chancellor at Liverpool LJMU, says: "As soon as we heard that the MTC was looking for additional space we knew that KQ Liverpool – and more specifically LSP – was the perfect place. In previous years, lettings of this calibre would have gone to a competing city, but Liverpool's knowledge economy is going from strength to strength, as confirmed by this deal with the MTC."

The MTC’s Liverpool team is already working on a range of projects and a new laboratory is planned for the LSP facility that will allow businesses to test processes in a de-risked environment.