The University of Manchester has announced its vision for advancement towards Industry 4.0 in the UK.

Its new blueprint will highlight how the University will work across all disciplines to deliver research and expertise to support Industry 4.0 technology solutions in engineering, health, and social sciences, positioning Manchester as a key location for Industry 4.0 firms.

“With our world-class academic excellence, as well as the geographic and cultural of its home city, the University of Manchester is uniquely positioned to be an exemplar of the leadership required from the UK’s higher education sector,” said Paulo Bartolo, Academic Lead for Industry 4.0 at the University.

The vision will be announced as part of the Industry 4.0 Summit on the 11th April.

The strategy document will highlight how the University will deliver skills to support new, high-paid employees and business leaders and work across all disciplines to deliver applied research and expertise to support Industry 4.0 technologies and applications.

It will also outline its plans to support the city-region’s economic strategies, including the aim to develop world-leading expertise in areas such as cyber security and robotics.

“Taking the example of advanced materials, a core technology propelling Industry 4.0, we are home to around £420 million-worth of internationally-renowned research and business innovation centres.”

“In other words, we have a track record in delivering on areas that are vital for Industry 4.0. This was made possible because of our success at grassroots level, with a critical mass of researchers at the forefront of Industry 4.0’s technologies and its societal and economic impact.”