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The practical impact of digital manufacturing: Results from recent international experience (2018)

Published on November 7th 2018

A project for Innovate UK (IUK) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Policy Links and senior colleagues from the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) were asked to consider how digital technologies are being deployed and evaluate the impact they are having on the firms that are deploying them. IUK wanted to understand how the digital revolution is playing out in the major manufacturing economies and if there are lessons the UK can learn in terms of the impact achieved by the programmes they have put in place to support digital transformation.

The study provided IUK with key evidence used in a business case for government support for digital manufacturing in the UK. IUK’s business case was successful and, as a result, an additional £120 million investment was announced in 2018 for ‘Made Smarter’ (in the form of R&D, demonstration, and firm growth support)

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