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Made Smarter Adoption North East is a programme backed by world-renowned businesses and the UK government. 

It connects manufacturers to digital tools, innovations and skills that can transform the way they work.

Made Smarter Adoption North East aims to drive growth amongst the region’s manufacturing businesses and advance the UK economy by improving the development and adoption of emerging technologies.

Made Smarter adoption in the North East
  • Who can take part in Made Smarter Adoption North East?

    Small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses in the North East LEP and Tees Valley LEP areas.

  • Localised advice and support

    Join Made Smarter Adoption North East and you’ll benefit from fully-funded advice from specialist technology experts. They’ll help you identify the right digital tools to make everyday improvements to your business, and support your staff to implement the new technology within the organisation.

  • Our three-stage process

    Our three-stage process includes:

      • An initial one-to-one digital health check, helping you identify where improvements can be made in your business using digital technology.
      • Intensive workshops looking at the solutions available, how the technology works in practice and how to successfully implement these changes within your business
      • One-to-one support from an industrial digital technologies (IDT) specialist to move towards the implementation phase.
  • Further support

    You’ll also be given support in identifying possible grant funding to help with the purchase of new technology and equipment.

    If you’d like to apply, the registration process takes about 2-3 minutes to complete. If you are registered with Companies House, lots of fields in this form will auto populate so it’s a straightforward process.

Case Studies - Our impact as told by our clients
Platinum Electrical Engineering and Northumbria University
An engineering firm and university has pioneered the UK's first structural concrete 3D printer, unlocking the potential for a system capable of building homes significantly quicker, cheaper, and more sustainably.

Through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme, Platinum Electrical Engineering, experts in industrial automation solutions, based in Gateshead, collaborated with Northumbria University and KTP Associate Laurence Foster on the two year Building Additive Manufacture (BAM) project aimed at tackling issues within the construction industry contributing to the UK’s chronic housing deficit.

Case Study - Platinum Electrical Engineering
MESTEC cloud-based digital solution helps Sheffield Forgemasters transform production control and visibility.
A global leader in steel casting and forging technologies has transformed its factory performance using a cloud-based digital solution.

Sheffield Forgemasters, a manufacturer specialising in the production of casting and forging solutions for the world’s most complex engineering challenges, collaborated with MESTEC, a technology company which works with manufacturers to improve productivity and performance.

Operators now use touch screens to report the
status of a production job. This real-time shop floor data is collected, collated, analysed, and automatically updates a set of company-wide KPIs which are displayed around the factory to enable operators and managers to monitor performance.

Case Study - Sheffield Forgemasters/Mestec
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