22 Jul 2024


MTC sets up production support base in Liverpool

The UK’s Manufacturing Technology Centre is setting up an operation in Liverpool to support manufacturing growth and innovation in the area. The new facility, with a staff of more than 60, will be located at Liverpool Science Park (LSP) in Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool). It will be one of the biggest lettings for the science park in more than five years.

For the past four years, the MTC has had a presence at Liverpool John Moores University, but following a significant expansion of its operations, it is moving to the larger 4,750ft2 (440m2) premises on the LSP campus.

“We are excited to be expanding our footprint in Liverpool and broadening our services and support for the wider North West,” says Dr Charlie Whitford, the MTC’s associate director for strategic development. “We are looking forward to continuing our work with Liverpool John Moores, as well as working with the University of Liverpool and other regional stakeholders to help manufacturers in the North West region stay competitive, improve product development and processes, and benefit from new technologies, taking academic research and translating it into innovative manufacturing solutions for industry.”

MTC is planning a new laboratory for the LSP site that will allow businesses to test processes in a low-risk environment. Among other capabilities, it will specialise in measuring human physical and emotional responses and behaviour when working with technology and advanced manufacturing processes.

The MTC bridges the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing systems, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy. It is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK.