Based at the MTC’s Liverpool base, the Digital Manufacturing Accelerator project brings together world-leading manufacturing research and technology experts. The project will build a state-of-the-art reconfigurable factory, with digital and physical test beds, to support manufacturing businesses and provide new engineering jobs and apprenticeships.

The MTC is hosting a number of live webinars to introduce the vision behind the programme and demonstrate the value it will deliver to manufacturing organisations. Manufacturing and supply chain companies, research organisations and academics are invited to be part of the programme, with the opportunity to feed in requirements, shape the project's scope or become a potential solution provider for the Digital Manufacturing Accelerator ecosystem.

The programme for the webinars is:

June 18 11am: Project Overview (suitable for end-users, supply chains, research organisations and academia.)

June 25 11am: Collaborating with the DMA (suitable for end-users)

July 9 11am: Supply Chain Engagement (suitable for supply chains)

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MTC chief executive Dr Clive Hickman says: "This innovative programme will showcase how digital solutions can transform a business, initially by implementing solutions that will enable smart manufacturing, which has the potential to reshape a business's culture and future outlook in the long term. The Digital Manufacturing Accelerator is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses in the North West, and ultimately aims to enable the region to maximise its high value manufacturing potential and increase regional productivity."

Hannah Edmonds, chief engineer at the MTC, adds, "We want to build assets and an ecosystem that will accelerate the development and deployment of industrial digital manufacturing solutions. These webinars are an opportunity for companies to get involved in the programme, give feedback to influence its scope and ensure we maximise the industrial impact of the Digital Manufacturing Accelerator.

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