The Smart Manufacturing Alliance is a dedicated sector network for manufacturers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
We work with our members to help them become more productive and profitable. With our partners we’re opening up new opportunities for manufacturers to unlock innovation and R&D projects, power new collaborations, and strengthen their competitive edge.
Our network of like-minded manufacturers, are supported by our team’s connections to industry experts across technology development, finance, education, and academia.
Members also have exclusive access to our diagnostics and assessment tool to pinpoint and address gaps in performance and productivity. We provide bespoke support to overcome their most pressing challenges.
Steve Hales – Business Director – Huxley Bertram
“It is great to be part of the SMA network – it is a place to engage with like-minded people and manufacturing businesses in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.”
John Knight – Managing Director – EF Engineering
“There are 3 key benefits we have gained from being part of SMA: The networking opportunities within our region, up to date information on industry best practice and innovation, and the engagement with our wider community on issues such as grant funding, training, apprenticeships etc. For us, as a small manufacturer, it’s the ability to be connected to a wider manufacturing community and to stay up to date with new ideas and opportunities.”
Testimonial for our Consulting Services
Asgar Dungarwalla – Founder and Managing Director –
Gifts Online 4U
“At Giftsonline4u.com, we are a personalised gift manufacturer with over 2500 gifts we make in our workshop. We were introduced to the ACMI4.0 program last year. During the visit by Jaz at ACMI4.0 consultant, we identified a number of opportunities to improve our productivity.
These ranged from setting up Kanban systems to visual charts on the machines to look at production output, creating jigs, looking to improve our manufacturing work flow processes.”
After introducing these changes, we have seen a 25% uplift in production and dispatch.
Our experience as a company has been very positive.”
Why join our network?
Boost Productivity and SustainabilityBenchmark performance, fully leverage Industry 4.0, and get maximum value from your resources
Drive InnovationConnect with manufacturers, academics, research institutions, and innovation funders
Get ConnectedAccess expertise, strengthen supply chains, benefit from peer-to-peer learning, explore new opportunities
Listen to our Latest Podcast - Cashflow – Incentivising early payments to strengthen supply chains
In this episode we speak with Ant Persse, chief executive of Saltare, about how they’re supporting SMEs cashflow by incentivising large buying organisations to offer early payments throughout their supply chains to reduce late payments and keep cash flowing between businesses.
With evidence showing that businesses struggle to get their cash in, this is a must listen to podcast for SME’s!
The Turmeric Co.'s journey to digitalisation with Industry 4.0
Our ACMI 4.0 team recently carried out an assessment at The Turmeric Co. a leading supplier of turmeric-based natural ingredient health products.
“The insight they were able to share on automation was fantastic for myself and team and has supported our understanding of this area. We now have a clear direction in terms of growth”
Thomas Robson-Kanu, Founder & CEO at The Turmeric Co.
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The Smart Manufacturing Alliance is creating a world-class manufacturing cluster across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough. We’re helping manufacturers reach their full potential, harnessing the power of new technologies, and increasing opportunities for innovation and collaboration.
We’re a joint venture between economic development company, Opportunity Peterborough, and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority.
Our Advisory Board of sector experts guide our work and ensure we tackle the most pressing challenges for manufacturers.
Our team & advisory board
A note from our Programme DirectorWe want to help manufacturers address productivity and performance gaps with comprehensive diagnostics and one-to-one support. We'll also be developing the leaders and innovators of the future with a training brokerage and events that connect businesses and individuals to foster collaboration and the sharing of best practice.Bob Hart -
Working with us.
Using our Diagnostics and Assessment (DNA) toolkit, our team undertakes a 360° diagnostics of your operations to identify strengths, hidden challenges, and performance gaps.
We then develop bespoke action plans to benchmark and improve performance across five journeys:
The Five Journeys
Innovation & CommercialisationSupport to develop and market new products, processes and services.
Competitiveness & TradeEvaluate your market position and break into new and emerging markets.
Productivity & PerformanceDevelop effective strategies for productivity, change management, and business systems.
Sustainability & Carbon ReductionEmbed sustainable models to make your business more productive, profitable, and resilient; making carbon budgets go further.
Enterprise & GrowthIncubate ideas from individuals, communities, and businesses, and turn them into successful, scaleable business models.
Ready for Industry 4.0?
ACMI 4.0 - grants and free consultancy
Applications for this programme are now closed. Please check with us for ways in which we can help grow your business and other funding opportunities.
Advanced Capacities for Manufacturing – Industry 4.0 (ACMI4.0) is a £1.2 million European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF) project designed to support the adoption and integration of Industry 4.0
technologies and design principles in manufacturing SMEs.
- Capital grants fund – awards of £2,000 – £20,000.
- 12 hours of expert consultancy, free of charge, to identify where Industry 4.0 could have the biggest impact on your business
- Best practice workshops
- Support to unlock additional grant funding
GrowIn 4.0 - business toolkits
The GrowIn 4.0 project has developed a range of toolkits to help manufacturing SMEs identify, adopt, and optimise Industry 4.0 technologies.
All tools are free to access and range from benefits identification, assessing readiness for Industry 4.0 return on investment through to ideation and project management.
Our members across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough want to keep the region at the cutting-edge of industry and make their businesses as competitive as possible. Our groups allow our members to share knowledge and expertise, strengthen their local supply chains, develop in-house skillsets, and foster partnerships and collaborations that drive innovation.