The St David’s Day Group of Universities leads on a number of research and innovation initiatives across Wales in the area of Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing. Wales has significant expertise and has invested in specialist facilities in key cross-cutting technologies especially optoelectronics, engineering, printing technologies, product design and rapid prototyping, visualisation, advanced materials and information communication technology. These technologies are important as they impact on a wide number of sectors.
Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies (ASTUTE) aims to enable the manufacturing industry in West Wales and the Valleys to grow by adopting more advanced technologies, and at the same time improve its sustainability by reducing its environmental impact etc. This will be achieved by a Partnership of Universities throughout Wales that will harness the engineering, science and business expertise within them to improve the economic prosperity of the Convergence Region. The £27million project will target the aerospace and automotive sectors, as well as other high technology manufacturing companies to create sustainable, higher value goods and services and bring them to a global market. The project is led by Swansea University, in collaboration with the Universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Glynd?r, Swansea Metropolitan, UWIC, and the University of Wales, Newport. ASTUTE has been part-funded by the EU’s Convergence European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. For further information please see www.astutewales.com