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LCR 4.0

Bringing together world-class, practical support to transform Liverpool City Region businesses in the manufacturing space through digital innovation.

By exploring the challenges and opportunities of Industry 4.0 (the 4th Industrial Revolution), LCR 4.0 helps SMEs to increase productivity and de-risk innovation by supporting the development of smarter products, processes and supply chains through the adoption of new technological advances.


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What is Industry 4.0?

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The nine pillars of Industry 4.0

In modern global manufacturing, industrial leaders are ever increasing the need to innovate and adopt new technological advances to remain competitive.

Industry 4.0, the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), 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.

4IR is creating unprecedented opportunities for UK manufacturing businesses and associated supply chains to increase productivity and improve competitiveness.

What is LCR 4.0?

So, how can a company actually benefit from 4IR?

To address this, key assets in Liverpool City Region have come together to develop LCR 4.0 – a transformational innovation support project to help SMEs utilise 4IR technologies to increase productivity in local companies. 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 through fully subsidised technical and business support provided by six local partner organisations.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). LCR 4.0 creates a collaborative community that connects SMEs to expertise and intensive support from key knowledge assets in the region. LCR 4.0 is a partnership between the University of Liverpool (Virtual Engineering Centre), Liverpool John Moores University (Faculty of Engineering & Technology), Liverpool City Region LEP, Sensor City and Hartree Centre.

LCR 4.0 is a UK manufacturing first, putting Liverpool City Region at the heart of a manufacturing evolution. 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.

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"We are often asked by SMEs 'What does the 4th Industrial Revolution mean for my business?' LCR 4.0 can help cut through the jargon, and put simply, we can help with the development of smarter products, processes and supply chains to increase productivity. The collection of world class expertise in the project is focused on improving the competitiveness of our local SMEs, and the focus is providing the 'right' support at the 'right' time to really make an impact on manufacturing and associated organisations in Liverpool City Region."

Anthony Walker -
LJMU Strategic Manager, LCR 4.0

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Contact us

You can apply for support or find out more at the LCR 4.0 website

Or if you think we’d be the partner to solve your challenge, contact us directly at or 0151 231 2389 and we’ll get back to you to discuss your needs.

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