Is your business ready for Industry 4.0?

Advanced Capacities for Manufacturing – Industry 4.0 (ACMI4.0) is a £1.2 million European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF) project which is helping manufacturing SMEs adopt and integrate Industry 4.0 technologies and design principles more effectively with 12 hours of free, expert consultancy and a capital grant fund.

This programme is being delivered by the Smart Manufacturing Alliance in partnership with Opportunity Peterborough and is free to access for any SME manufacturer in England.


What can manufacturers get?

  • 12 hours of expert consultancy free of charge to prepare your business for Industry 4.0. We’ll ensure you adopt the technologies which can make the biggest impact to your productivity and support your implementation planning so you can boost productivity.
  • Access to a £300,000 capital grants fund (40/60 match funding required). Each eligible business can apply for capital grants from £2,000 – £20,000, supporting capital project costs of £5,000 to £50,000.

Work with our experts

Our ACMI 4.0 team has gone through Smart Industry Readiness Index (SIRI) training, giving your team access to world-class assessment free of charge.


Can we help your business?

What we offer

We’ll work with your team to identify and adopt the right technologies for your business, fully exploit them, and develop your long-term digitisation strategy. 


Where are your biggest challenges and opportunities? Where can Industry 4.0 make the biggest impact to performance? What skills does your team need to develop?

Gap analysis

Where are the biggest opportunities to bridge productivity and enhance performance? What skills can you exploit from within your workforce, and which ones need to be developed?


Focus future plans on where the biggest impacts can be made in line with your business priorities.

Action Plan

Identify the next steps for digitisation

Listen to our episode on the Smart Manufacturing Alliance's podcast

Our Manufacturing Adviser, Luqman Abdullah discusses how adopting Industry 4.0 technologies might be easier than manufacturers first think.

In the second episode of the Smart Manfuacturing Alliance podcast, Luqman shares how the ACMI 4.0 programme is helping manufacturers identify which technologies to use and where to suit their business, as well as busting some of the misconceptions around Industry 4.0.

Our services

Depending on your business needs we can offer:

  • Business Productivity Reviews
  • Technology identification
  • Implementation planning
  • Maximum exploitation to boost productivity
  • Introduction to Industry 4.0 workshops
  • Self-benchmarking surveys
  • Industry 4.0 audits and visioning sessions
  • Best practice workshops covering how new technologies are improving productivity, sustainability, and competitiveness.
  • Action planning workshops to prepare for incorporating new technologies
  • Grant funding support sessions
  • Follow-up delivery support and monitoring sessions

What technologies can ACMI 4.0 cover?

  • Cloud Computing
  • 3D Printing
  • Advanced Robotics
  • Big Data / Analytics
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Augmented / Virtual Reality
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cyber Security
  • and more!

We can support SME manufacturers at any stage of digitisation; whether you’re investigating which technologies to adopt, are preparing for integration, or trying to get more value from the tech already in place.

Tender opportunity

Invitation to Tender for the Provision of Summative Assessment Project Evaluation for ACMI 4.0.

Closing date: 18 June 2022

Advanced Capacities for Manufacturing – Industry 4.0 (ACMI4.0) will support the creation and extension of advanced capacities for products, services, and development within manufacturing small and mediums sized enterprises (SMEs) and their supply chains across the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough area. It will do this by supporting the adoption and integration of Industry 4.0 technologies and design principles.

The ERDF grant funding agreement places a requirement on all grant recipients to undertake summative assessment. The summative assessments are intended to provide insights into project performance to enhance implementation through, reliable evidence of efficiency, effectiveness, value for money, and lessons for the future.

It will also provide project level evidence which, when combined with national evidence of progress and impact, will result in stronger evidence of the overall impact and effectiveness of the ERDF operational programme across England.

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