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UCLan teams up with IN4.0 PLC to lead SMEs through the fourth industrial revolution

A joint venture between the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Blackburn and Manchester-based IN4.0 PLC which will enable businesses to innovate and achieve growth through the utilisation of industrial digital technologies. UCLan and IN4.0 PLC work together to help SMEs take advantage of the developments of the fourth industrial revolution, including Virtual Reality (VR), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Additive Manufacturing (AM). The partnership is designed to address productivity, technology adoption and skills in advanced manufacturing.

Mo Isap, CEO of IN4.0 PLC, said: “We are immensely proud of and excited about our partnership with UCLan. We have a once in a generation opportunity created by the mass change of industrial digital technology.

“The University has already made a significant investment in this space with cutting edge facilities across Lancashire. Being based on campus will allow us to scale our expertise in disruptive manufacturing. Our unique enterprise harnesses the best of thinkers and doers to reduce risk, deliver tangible business success for our customers and establish our region as a beacon for the fourth industrial revolution.”

David Taylor, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the University Board, said: “Technology develops at a rapid rate so it’s important to keep up with and take advantage of these changes. We know that AM, for example, has the potential to accelerate innovation and productivity, factors at the core of many businesses. We’re aiming to facilitate the implementation of these technologies and act as a catalyst for innovation.