LCR 4.0 to shape future of industry in Liverpool

Posted on 18 Nov 2016 by Jonny Williamson

A first of its kind business support programme, LCR 4.0 has launched in the Liverpool City Region to help UK manufacturers take advantage of the opportunities associated with the current revolution in digital technologies.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), LCR 4.0 aims to provide businesses in the region with access to practical support and connect with other SMEs to help them unleash the transformational potential of Industry 4.0.

LCR 4.0 officially launches on November 30 at the ACC, Liverpool.

Industry 4.0, involves the increasing connectivity between digital and physical assets in advanced manufacturing, driven by advancements and greater reliability in data analytics and human-machine interactions. More so than other reported benefits, the adoption of these new technologies is enabling businesses and their supply chains to optimise productivity and competitiveness.

Offering business support and technical expertise, the LCR 4.0 programme is being delivered in partnership by some of the region’s key knowledge and scientific assets, including:

  • University of Liverpool (through its Virtual Engineering Centre)
  • Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LCR LEP)
  • Liverpool John Moores University (Faculty of Engineering and Technology)
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Hartree Centre
  • Sensor City

Simon Reid, sector manager for advanced manufacturing at the Liverpool City Region LEP, explained: “LCR 4.0 is creating a long-lasting legacy for manufacturing in the city region by helping to stimulate sustainable economic growth.

“For smaller or more traditional SMEs, introducing new Industry 4.0 technologies into their manufacturing processes can be daunting and they may think it’s not for them. But LCR4.0 is here to challenge those assumptions and to provide businesses with the support they need to make incremental changes that could have a big impact on productivity.”

As well as manufacturing, other sectors set to benefit from the LCR 4.0 programme include digital, scientific, engineering and sensors.

Reid noted: “Although the focus of LCR 4.0 is manufacturing, the Liverpool City Region is already home to a growing community of businesses specialising in Industry 4.0 technologies.

“The wealth of knowledge we have access to through all of the partner organisations, as well as our connections with private businesses, means we have the opportunity to take a huge step forward in our goal for a technology-driven regional economy.”