CESAM is an advanced manufacturing innovation centre that provides a hub to link the NE manufacturing base to national innovation eco system. CESAM will provide a window to industrial led innovation challenges and support manufacturing competitiveness over the short, medium and long-term. It will enable companies to innovate at lower TRL’s; provide economies of scale through collaborative projects; ensure the national eco system is focused on industry led challenges; identify the best solutions and prove to industry standards in real production facility; provide cross-sector dissemination to accelerate adoption and maximise competitive advantage; support scale up of the new electrified automotive supply chain; provide sustainable competitive advantage for NE companies; strengthens the NE manufacturing base by clustering solution providers. CESAM will support a significantly more visible and effective ecosystem that will accelerate the uptake and adoption of manufacturing innovation. It will set out clearer regional priorities and provide better coordination and higher visibility of innovation excellence across the UK to ensure high effectiveness and better outcomes. The goals and objectives - Short-term: de-risk innovation by identifying and addressing common manufacturing/productivity challenges. Create an eco system that enables companies to innovate at lower TRL levels, attracts more investment, identifies the best solutions, accelerate development to industrial standards and facilitate fast adoption. Medium-term: provide a regional hub to link the NE manufacturing base to the UK innovation eco system, focusing on those areas already identified by industry as having the greatest opportunity for growth to these include Additive Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Sustainability, Manufacturing Materials & Processes and Injection Moulding (a strength of the NE region). Long-term: provide evidence based manufacturing innovation challenges to ensure academic industrial needs. CESAM support the growth and competitiveness of the NE automotive and advanced manufacturing sectors. CESAM is an industry led initiative, developed through the North East Automotive Alliance in partnership with the University of Sunderland. It is formerly recognised in NELEP Strategic Economic Plan, the Made Smarter Review and the Northern PowerHouse Routemap for Productivity; and is supported by the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, the Digital Catapult, HSSMI and local councils.
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