Innovation Collaborators

We collaborate with several leading Universities, technology innovators and forward thinking manufacturing businesses that keenly embrace latest technologies.

University of Liverpool

virtual engineering centre – STRIVE – innovation partnersn

The Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) delivers innovative Virtual Engineering solutions to industry, through the exploitation of academic research and the latest scientific and technological infrastructure. The VEC is the UK's leading centre of Virtual Engineering technology integration for industrial and commercial applications. A key aim is to enhance capability and improve business performance and competitiveness through the evaluation, application and adoption of Virtual Engineering tools and techniques and to support the development of skills and expertise throughout the Advanced Manufacturing supply chain.

The VEC comprises a multi-disciplinary team including specialists in engineering, computer science, visualisation and manufacturing technology, and is underpinned by the University of Liverpool and specialist Centres of Excellence. Located at both Sci-Tech Daresbury and The University of Liverpool the VEC acts as a hub in communicating research back to potential end users, while providing competitive advantage to industry.

University of Strathclyde

Development and evaluation of statistical methods to optimise multi-tier supply chain risk and performance.

University of Strathclyde Glasgow – innovation partners

Effective and timely decision-making is key to the success of any organization. Management Science supports this process through bringing a structured, analytical and rigorous approach to decision making. Many organisations looking to gain a sustainable competitive edge in an increasingly difficult environment use Management Science to deliver improved business performance. This will often involve

applying analytical techniques to the increasing amount of business data that is collected. The Department of Management Science is one of the leading Management Science/Operational Research departments in the UK. Research interests of staff span the spectrum of Management Science activity. Many of our staff are internationally-known, both through their academic output and applied work with government and business organisations.

Our department collaborates with major organisations on new ways of dealing with complex decisions through applied research and consultancy.

Recent work has included:

  • developing risk management processes for manufacturing supply networks
  • large scale automation of medicine distribution
  • health prioritisation for low and middle income countries, optimisation of logistic operations for an offshore wind farm
  • and working towards systems for smart procurement with defence organisations

Liverpool John Moores University

Valuechain have engaged with Liverpool John Moores University and University of Liverpool as part of the Liverpool City Region 4.0 (LCR 4.0) project to explore the impact of Industry 4.0 on manufacturing supply chains.

Industry 4.0 – supply chain collaboration – Liverpool John Moores

Industry 4.0, the 4th Industrial Revolution, is a concept that is becoming increasingly familiar and focuses on digitisation of physical assets and integration into digital eco-systems with value chain partners. Ultimately, this hinges on the generation and analysis of data to create value.

LCR 4.0 is a partnership between the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool City Region LEP, Sensor City and Hartree Centre. The project brings together key assets with the skills and expertise to support industrial growth, merging the virtual and physical world to ultimately transform modern manufacturing and associated supply chains.

Industry 4.0 – cloud supply chain collaboration

To support manufacturing SMEs to realise the benefits of Industry 4.0, key assets in Liverpool City Region have come together to develop LCR 4.0 – a transformational innovation support project to help SMEs utilise Industry 4.0 technologies to increase productivity in local companies by supporting the development of smarter products, smarter processes and smarter supply chains. This project aims to be the first of its type in the UK, to actually help companies implement new technological developments and fully embrace the benefits that Industry 4.0 will bring.