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ASTUTE 2020 (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies)

Project description

Demand-led by industry, ASTUTE 2020 the multi-University partnership (Swansea, Cardiff, Aberystwyth Universities, University of South Wales and University of Wales Trinity Saint David), is working together with the Welsh manufacturing industry to embed advanced and sustainable technologies.

ASTUTE 2020 can support manufacturing companies across a variety of sectors, such as aerospace, automotive, energy generation, oil and gas, medical devices, electronics, foods, etc., stimulating growth by applying advanced engineering technologies to manufacturing challenges driving cutting-edge research and innovation. ASTUTE 2020 collaborations inspire manufacturing companies to improve and streamline their manufacturing processes, manufactured products and supply chain, generating sustainable, higher value goods and services and bringing them to a global market.

Delivery model

ASTUTE 2020’s true industry academia collaborations provide companies with unique access to:

  • World-class academic experts across a University partnership
  • Highly qualified researchers and technical experts,
  • State-of-the-art research facilities and experimental equipment
  • Intelligent systems, advanced techniques and bespoke software

Thereby encouraging stimulation of ideas and facilitating the adoption of change through research, development and innovation.

ASTUTE 2020 builds on the most successful aspects of the previous ASTUTE project (2010 – 2015). ASTUTE has successfully demonstrated that we are in an excellent position to support companies via knowledge exchange and intensive collaborative RD&I projects in manufacturing technology.

Geographical coverage

The project will benefit local authority areas across the whole of Wales.

Specific targets

  • Enterprises co-operating with supported research institutions
  • Enterprises receiving non-financial support
  • Patents registered for products/processes
  • Private investment matching public support in innovation or R&D projects
  • Enterprises supported to introduce new to the firm products/processes
  • Enterprises supported to introduce new to the market products/processes
  • Employment increase in supported enterprises
  • Further increase in employment
  • Increased investment by the company
  • Increased spend by the company in local supply chain
  • Increased external investment into the company
  • Predicted increase in sales revenue
  • Predicted increase in export revenue
  • Savings in energy, GHG emission and waste

Contact details

Name: Rhian Jeffs
Telephone: 01792 606378
Address: Swansea University, Bay Campus, College of Engineering – Engineering Central A114, Fabian Way, Swansea, SA1 8EN
Website: Website
Facebook: Facebook
Twitter: Twitter

Additional details



Progress to May 2018

ASTUTE 2020 has been operational since 1st July 2015 predominantly in West Wales.

Benefiting from an extra £8m granted on the 1st February 2018, ASTUTE 2020 are now able to support manufacturing businesses across the all of Wales, including Cardiff, Newport, the Vale of Glamorgan, Monmouthshire, Powys, Flintshire, and Wrexham.

ASTUTE 2020 has received a healthy number of enquiries from manufacturing companies. The project approval process with industrial participation is working well and there is a healthy pipeline of projects in the approval process and ongoing collaborations.

Nine collaborations have been completed to date providing valuable support to the companies that have, as a result, increased their workforce, invested into new or improved existing processes, launched new products and attracted external investment.