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Eight pioneers chart a sustainable future for UK manufacturing

Posted 11 Jul 2024

(London, UK, 11 July, 2024): Digital Catapult, the UK authority on advanced digital technology, has today welcomed eight technology pioneers to the Made Smarter Innovation Sustainability Accelerator to improve resource and energy efficiency in UK manufacturing. Working with industry leaders BAE Systems, HS2 and Creagh Concrete, the participating companies will receive support from innovation experts at Digital Catapult to co-develop solutions that will establish a more sustainable industrial future.

Delivered by Digital Catapult, the programme is funded by Made Smarter and Innovate UK, to build on the success of the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator, which paired UK manufacturers with technology companies to adapt and improve their approach to industrial innovation. The new programme will foster deeper strategic collaborations between tech innovators and industrial pioneers to advance sustainable manufacturing initiatives, including the application of digital twin technologies.

BAE Systems, which provides some of the world’s most advanced defence, aerospace and security assets, will work with Digica Solutions Ltd to develop a digital twin of its Factory of the Future research centre. Digica’s solution will demonstrate how environmental factors affect manufacturing operations, while Quaisr Ltd will combine physics-based models with data-driven machine learning tools to increase operational efficiency, whilst reducing energy consumption and resource waste.

HS2 is constructing Britain’s new high-speed railway, comprising 140-miles of track, four new, state-of-the art stations, two depots, 32 miles of tunnel, and 179 bridges. Construction is based at over 350 active sites between West Midlands and London, most of which will be converted to green sites in the coming years, with Infinitive Group Ltd and Material Index seeking to improve the sustainability of this work by optimising the planned deconstruction process. Both startups will develop digital software tools to integrate and analyse deconstruction-related data effectively to support informed decision making about material recapture and reuse, ensuring that when sites are no longer needed, they are sustainably deconstructed. 

One of the UK’s largest producers of concrete products, Northern Ireland-based Creagh Concrete, will collaborate with DataFlowIQ, Linearworks, Kinsetsu and Coraledge Ltd to gain accurate, comprehensive insight into its production process. Optimising and digitalising the manufacturing process, while improving energy and operational efficiency, will enable Creagh Concrete to maintain its competitive edge and achieve its sustainability goals.

The programme will offer participants support in the form of sustainability masterclasses, technical monitoring, innovation expertise and peer-to-peer support, to grow each company’s capabilities. The programme will play a critical role in advancing industrial sustainability through the adoption of deep technology, and comes as it was announced that the country is halfway to net zero, with emissions cut by 53% between 1990 and 2023.

Participating startups and SMEs will each receive £75,000 funding to develop a proof of concept and a further £100,000 will be available for up to four companies to progress to phase two. Phase two will support the successful companies to develop pilot prototypes, culminating in a showcase in early 2025 to pitch their solutions to investors and industry leaders.

Complete list of participants below:

  • Coraledge Ltd (Thingitude) – Thingitude is an award-winning smart technology business focused on using the Internet of Things to deliver more efficient operations for our clients, and better service delivery for the end-customer. Best known for its work with local authorities and community groups, Thingitude is also developing offerings for manufacturing and energy sectors.
  • DataFlowIQ -DataFlowIQ Ltd is a technology company specialising in digitalising manufacturing processes to enhance efficiency, reduce waste, and increase productivity. It leverages cutting-edge IoT technology, cloud-based analytics, and user-centric software solutions to transform traditional manufacturing environments into smart, sustainable operations.
  • Digica Solutions Limited – Digica uses intelligent AI powered software to make a positive change in the world. Through combining our AI knowledge with our teams’ experience in developing smart intelligent software solutions for Cloud, IoT and Embedded, our AI powered software addresses important health, security and safety challenges across the globe.
  • Infinitive Group Limited – Infinitive Group is a specialist consultancy and engineering technology business that sits at the intersection of operational know-how and information technology. Working with their customers to extract, transform and visualise information using machine learning and analytics to deliver business outcomes that generate revenue, optimise cost and mitigate risk.
  • Kinsetsu – Kinsetsu was established in 2016 and created intellectual property (IP) with an innovative IoT platform ktrack, utilising human centred design (HCD) methodologies. We enable our customers to enhance performance through creation of their unique digital twin and insightful real-time data, gathered from unobtrusive sensors. Our goal is to help our customers reduce cost, energy consumption and risk, whilst improving experiences for their team and their clients.tion and risk, whilst improving experiences for their team and their clients.
  • LinearWorks – LinearWorks is pioneering the use of artificial intelligence, earth observation, and deep learning to help organisations gain strategic insights and optimise complex systems. Their solutions empower companies to synthesise disparate data into actionable intelligence that augments human ingenuity. The company develops customised algorithms and models leveraging advanced techniques like neural networks, computer vision, and natural language processing.
  • Material Index – Material Index enables the reuse of construction components at scale. The company was founded by a team of engineers, designers and software developers all with a construction background. It started by working closely with demolition contractors and is now looking to provide our auditing and material exchange platform into other parts of the construction industry and supply chain.
  • Quaisr Limited – Quaisr is an Imperial College London and Alan Turing Institute spin-out founded in 2020 with the aim to revolutionise modelling and simulation efforts across multinationals. Today, the Quaisr platform delivers digital connectivity infrastructure across defence, pharmaceutical and FMCG companies, helping engineers and scientists scale simulation-backed AI workflows to mission-critical operational deployments, helping engineers to solve pressing problems in design, monitoring, optimisation and control. Quaisr is VC-backed and has raised $3.1 million to date.


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