Welcome to ASTUTE 2020

Embedding Advanced & Sustainable Technologies into Welsh Manufacturing

The ASTUTE 2020 (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies) operation has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and the participating Higher Education Institutions.

ASTUTE 2020 will build on the most successful aspects of the ASTUTE project by taking a focused and concentrated approach. The World Class Engineering and Science capabilities in Welsh Universities (as evidenced by the findings of Research Excellence Framework 2014) will be used to further develop and embed Advanced and Sustainable Technologies into High-Value Manufacturing across Wales by working collaboratively with Welsh businesses.

ASTUTE 2020 – Industry projects will:

  • be demand-led by industry

  • require a Research Challenge in Computational Engineering Modelling, Advanced Materials Technology or Manufacturing Systems Engineering

  • involve Collaboration, so that the companies and the Universities share the inputs, outputs and risks.

The five-year operation led by Swansea University in partnership with Cardiff University, Aberystwyth University & University of Wales Trinity Saint David will support industrial Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) through world-class academics and a team of highly qualified technical experts and project managers. Swansea University will provide cutting edge research expertise from the College of Engineering, Cardiff will bring world-class academics from across three of its Colleges, led by the School of Engineering, the Business School (in the area of Manufacturing Systems) and the Medical School. The partners Aberystwyth University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will provide key niche expertise in their recognised areas of excellence to this strong but flexible partnership.

The previous ASTUTE project has seen a steady stream of collaboration requests from companies in a range of different technology areas. In accordance with a Smart Specialisation approach, we have identified the key target areas for high economic impact and ASTUTE 2020 will focus only on those areas of industrial demand where we can specifically bring to bear the established world-leading and internationally excellent expertise found across the Welsh HEI partnership to address the industrial RD&I needs:

  • Computational Engineering Modelling
  • Advanced Materials Technology
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Current industrial collaborations ongoing within ASTUTE 2020 operation under the three Adaptive Smart Specialisation Areas, can be viewed here. (Download the document to your desktop to access the list).

The previous ASTUTE project has successfully demonstrated that we are in an excellent position to support companies via knowledge exchange, intensive collaborative R&D and Innovation projects in manufacturing technology. As the economic situation improves there will be many opportunities to enable growth in enterprises, but also threats from a rapidly changing global technological environment. ASTUTE 2020 will enable and stimulate companies to capitalise on the opportunities and it will support addressing the threats. ASTUTE 2020 will be restricted to West Wales and the Valleys.

For more information and some quick reference please click here for our Frequently Asked Questions flyer

For the Welsh version of the flyer please click here 

ASTUTE 2020 Business Plan can be viewed here

Our website is currently being updated & a new version will be available soon!

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ASTUTE 2020 Research, Development and Innovation Scheme Ref: SA.42700

The objectives of the University shall be to advance learning and knowledge by teaching and research, and to engage in activities to promote and contribute to cultural, social and economic development within Wales and beyond (Swansea University - Supplemental Charter 2007 paragraph 3).

The main objective of the scheme is to allow the stimulation of Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) activity between Welsh industry and the ASTUTE 2020 HEI partners, supporting and encouraging Welsh businesses to adopt advanced technologies, and increase their competitiveness in order to enable transformational and sustainable growth in the manufacturing industry.

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