CW 4.0

CW4.0 helps manufacturing SMEs in Cheshire & Warrington accelerate opportunities for growth and investment using digital technology.​​

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CW4.0 is a fully-funded programme of support for manufacturers in Cheshire & Warrington to help SMEs explore and adopt industrial digital technologies.

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), CW4.0 brings together the combined expertise and capabilities of the Virtual Engineering Centre (University of Liverpool), Liverpool John Moores University, the Science and Technology Facilities Council and the Northern Automotive Alliance.

With over a decade of experience helping manufacturing businesses to explore, adapt to and adopt new technology, CW4.0 brings together the same partners that delivered the highly successful LCR4.0 project​ in the Liverpool City Region. This project delivered support to over 300 companies and was widely recognised as a national example of best practice.

CW4.0 helps manufacturing SMEs in Cheshire & Warrington accelerate opportunities for growth and investment using digital technology. Through fully-funded, hands-on support and expertise we enable manufacturers to develop smarter processes and products, solve problems, seize opportunities and stay ahead of the competition by adopting new technologies emerging from the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0).

Where does the Hartree Centre fit in?​

We are one of the partner organisations that will deliver access to technologies, support and expertise to enable SMEs to streamline processes, innovate and increase productivity.​ We specialise in advanced digital technologies like those listed below, so will be looking at how manufacturing businesses taking part in the CW4.0 programme can apply these technologies to solve manufacturing and supply chain challenges. ​

  • AI applications (including Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing)
  • Cloud migration and applications
  • Software development and optimisation
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Data analytics
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • IoT integration

Get involved

Let CW4.0 be your R&D team. Integrating digital technology into your business can make you more productive, efficient, and relevant to the needs of your customers. We will help you understand where to start when considering digital technology and how to successfully implement it in your business.

For more information, please visit the CW4.0 website​, download the CW4.0 brochure or contact the Hartree Centre team.