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There is a wealth of advanced manufacturing and supply chain expertise close at hand for businesses locating in Ashfield and Mansfield including:

High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult Centres:

The UK’s seven HVM Catapult Centres are at the heart of the UK’s advanced manufacturing strategy, facilitating the deployment of new technologies and processes into businesses to deliver competitive edge.  No fewer than three of the centres can be accesses in less than 1 hour 15 minutes from Ashfield and Mansfield, including the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC, Sheffield) and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Coventry.  Both of these centres develop advanced technologies and processes focused on the needs of businesses in the Transport Equipment Manufacturing centre.

Leading Engineering Universities:

Two of the UK’s top 10 ranked engineering universities can be accessed in less than one hour from Ashfield and Mansfield:

  • Faculty of Engineering, University of Sheffield – one of the largest and highest ranked engineering faculties in the country. The faculty undertakes research and teaching in areas of Aerospace, Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, Bioengineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Civil and Structural Engineering and Science and Biological Engineering
  • University of Nottingham – recognised as a world class higher education and research institute, with areas of engineering research which may be of interest to the advanced manufacturing sector including ‘Manufacturing and Process Technology’ and ‘Materials, Mechanics and Structure.’


The Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE, University of Derby)

The IISE has been established to support advanced manufacturing companies in the region through innovation and collaborative working.  With the support of partners including Rolls Royce, Bombardier and Toyota, the institute provides access to cutting-edge technologies, and enables businesses to develop products and processes for increased competitiveness.



Collaboration between Derby, Aston and Cranfield universities, ENSCITE is a new organisation created to promote collaboration between businesses in the aerospace, automotive and rail supply chains, and to improve business performance in 3 key areas: technology innovations, systems improvement and business/process re-engineering.


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