Innovation doesn't come without its challenges, but the adoption of net zero technologies offers enormous opportunities for businesses and a long-term positive impact to industry and society.
The drive towards electrification and sustainable energy is on a global scale and the MTC is focused on supporting UK industry with the manufacturing and product challenges it faces. Now is the time to plan for the adoption of net zero technologies and the transformation of industry for a sustainable world.
With a global drive towards net zero, the UK is currently falling behind other nations. Whilst progress has been made in some areas, more needs to be done to meet the UK Governments target of achieving net zero by 2050.
Electrification, the movement to use sustainable energy sources to replace fossil fuels has been identified as a key contributor to decarbonising industry and reducing the impact of climate change. As a result, there is huge industrial demand for high-performance power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD). These technologies are key to lower emissions and improved energy efficiency, resulting in lower energy costs in comparison to the use of fossil fuels.
The MTC's expertise spans a broad range of sectors and customer types from SME's through to large-scale organisations and OEM's. This breadth of experience means that the MTC is well-placed to understand and provide solutions to the challenges that businesses face, which commonly fall into three categories:
By working collaboratively with customers, the MTC adopts a holistic approach to solving the problems faced by UK manufacturing and it is the expertise in and passion for delivering ground-breaking manufacturing system solutions that drives the MTC in helping to accelerate the UK's industrial growth.
The MTC is part of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult, an expansive network of fellow Research Technology Organisations (RTO's) that work together to solve challenges faced by UK manufacturing across academia and industry.
By collaborating in this way, businesses can access and leverage experience, knowledge and ideas across sectors to collectively achieve so much more. It is this that enables the MTC to deliver end-to-end solutions and help UK industry to solve the challenges faced by the introduction of new technologies.
At its core, the MTC has a wide range of state-of-the-art capabilities covering:
These capabilities, coupled with teams of researchers and manufacturing engineers, provide a platform to develop and prove manufacturing processes and technologies in a low-risk environment. This then becomes the catalyst for future growth of innovative, world-leading technologies.
The MTC is focused on supporting the development of net zero technologies by delivering value in three key areas - technology innovation, industrialisation and scale-up and sustainability.
Central to the work of the MTC is bridging the gap between academia and industry. By leveraging its network and capabilities, the MTC can bring R&D to life through applied research and support supply chains with the development of prototypes, into practical solutions and full-scale production.
The evolution from innovation to industrialisation is one of the biggest challenges faced by industry; often, businesses know what to do, but not how to get there. The MTC is adept in identifying skills and capabilities required and then integrating these to enable businesses to successfully implement new technologies or integrated manufacturing system solutions.
The MTC offers end-to-end capabilities to support businesses with implementing the principles of sustainability. Through people, processes and knowledge, the MTC seeks to challenge the status quo and support businesses with working towards more sustainable practices.
Electrification presents exciting new opportunities for UK manufacturing on a grand scale. Businesses can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by introducing new technologies, leading to improved efficiency and productivity, resulting in significant economic, environmental and societal benefits.
MTC has a full suite of capabilities, from supply chain mapping to product and process development, leading to the development of fully integrated production systems. These capabilities make use of the state-of-the-art technologies that have been at the MTC's core for over 10 years.
The principles of Electrification can be applied to a wide range of industries. At the MTC, our focus is on supporting - but not limited to - the following sectors:
To find out more about the work the MTC is doing in electrification, download our 2022 brochure.
To find out more about electrification and how the MTC can support your business with implementing electric technologies, contact the team today.
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