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Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

Challenging the boundaries of manufacturing

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

The MTC is a part of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult structure, which was created to bridge the ‘valley of death’ between academia and industry. With the support of founders; University of Birmingham, Loughborough University; University of Nottingham and TWI and support from industry the MTC opened at Ansty Park, Coventry in 2011.

Since its formal opening, the Centre has grown to nearly 500 employees and now has more than 90 industrial global manufacturing members and operates in sectors as diverse as maritime, automotive, aerospace, rail, informatics, food & drink, construction/ civil engineering, electronics, oil & gas and defence.

The MTC has a strong relationship with LJMU and has recently opened an office on the LJMU campus in order to work with LJMU to support the Mersey region.

From encouraging young people into careers in engineering, to developing the technologies that will impact industry for years to come, the focus of the MTC is to deliver integrated manufacturing systems solutions in an agile environment in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions.

The MTC is at the forefront of leading the UK’s processes for Industry 4.0, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and is running a wide research portfolio aimed at helping companies access digital factory technology. The MTC also leads the HVMC in Intelligent Automation and Net Shape and Additive Manufacturing technologies.

Manufacturing Operational Efficiency and Business Launch Centre

The MTC has a division which works to support businesses with their immediate challenges, whether they are capacity, quality or knowledge based problems. We provide a free of charge line walk service to understand the challenges faced by a business, and offer support – which may (in the case of SME’s) be supported by funding from government, to deliver rapid operational improvements into businesses. These can be based on management best practice or technology developments which makes the MOE offering unique. In addition, our Business Launch Centre service supports new businesses and businesses entering new markets with the initial product build to seed the market and secure investment.

Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC)

Opened in November 2015 by this training centre aims to redress the manufacturing skills gaps inhibiting the high value manufacturing (HVM) sector and to develop the skills that are needed for delivering the technologies of the future.

The advanced training facilities enable young people to gain professional qualifications up to postgraduate level, with training that matches the best in the world.

Funding from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has been matched by industry support for the development of the centre and a conferencing revenue stream has been created within the building to support the ongoing costs of training apprentices.

Lloyds Bank is the largest private sector contributor to the centre and is contributing £5m over 5 years as part of its commitment to support the UK manufacturing industry and to help tackle the sector’s shortfall in skills.


Ansty Park

T: 0247 670 1600

Chris Wowles – Head of Business Development
T: 0247 670 768



Back in 2008, the average age profile of the workforce at Cammell Laird was 47; so we recognised the need to address a potential skills gap up ahead. As a result of close collaboration with Mersey Maritime we‘ve committed to a long-term training programme that has seen our apprentice numbers rise from zero to more than 100. It’s put us in a much stronger position. We’re in better shape to plan for growth, we’re fulfilling a commitment to provide jobs for young people in this region and we’re revitalising the way we run our business.
John Syvret, CEO, Cammell Laird Group
Mersey Maritime is unique, there’s nothing else like it!
Phil James, Weightmans LLP
As a founding member, Hill Dickinson is proud to support Mersey Maritime. Mersey Maritime creates and facilitates business opportunities for both its members and the wider maritime and business communities through regular networking events, lobbying and industry awards while addressing the skills gap in the maritime sector by integrating local academic resources with businesses to ensure focused training and development. Mersey Maritime has achieved so much since its inception in 2003 and continues to strive with members to ensure Merseyside’s place as the leading maritime hub.
Colin Lavelle, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson LLP
Mersey Maritime has brought the community together tremendously well.
Colin Kershaw, Brookes Bell
Mersey Maritime provides excellent networking opportunities, allowing people to meet people, and they do exceptionally well on training and skills. My only criticism is that companies want more!
James Douglas, ContainerPort
I come out of Mersey Maritime’s meetings with a bit of a buzz. Lots of people with the same energy and we can see what’s ahead and we want to be ready for it, be a part of it.
Tom Coyle, Managing Director, DT Engineering Limited
Mersey Maritime is doing so much for the community and its succession planning for business is vitally important. It’s great to see Liverpool coming back as a global player – all power to your elbow!
Simon Reynish, Chairman, CILT North West
Royal HaskoningDHV is a global engineering and project design consultancy with 6500 staff working in 150 companies, but we’ve been something of a sleeping giant in Liverpool. We’re proud to be sponsors of Mersey Maritime. It enables us to be fully engaged in the cluster, with a place at the table and positioned as first choice company for new business opportunities within our areas of expertise.
Jamie Gray, Associate Director, Royal HaskoningDHV
As a fledgling business with big aspirations for success, joining Mersey Maritime has been absolutely the right move for us. It’s meant we haven’t had to start from scratch, knocking on doors and trying to get access to the right people. Through Mersey Maritime, we’ve attended business events like Face-2-Face and have already been able to meet everyone who’s anyone in this region. It’s the best investment we have made this year!
John Bean, Managing Director, Geo Data Systems


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