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New project to kick-start regional growth

SAM (Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing) is an ERDF Project managed by The University of Sunderland. The aim of the project is to support product / process and technology developments within the SME Manufacturing base in the North East LEP area.

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The University of Sunderland has received the European Structural and Investments Fund grant for the Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing project. The project will help to improve the productivity and sustainability of manufacturing SMEs in the North East LEP area by finding solutions to their research, innovation and development challenges.   

Engagement Streams include:

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Research Associates managed by AMAP (the University’s Institute for Automotive & Manufacturing Advanced Practice) will work with SMEs, providing technical support on their short to medium term innovation needs.

Roger O’Brien Head of AMAP said: “There will be over £1m invested into new technology that will support product and process research and development. Members of our AMAP team are highly experienced in design, supply chain, advanced manufacturing processes and maintenance. We’re looking forward to applying our expertise to the challenges facing SMEs to help them with develop their businesses. Not only will this benefit the individual businesses, it will also improve the sustainability and productivity of the region’s manufacturing sector as well as create opportunities for our engineering students and graduates.”

For further information about this project please contact:

Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Project (SAM)
University of Sunderland
The Industry Centre
Colima Avenue
Sunderland Enterprise Park West

Tel: 0191 515 3111


The SAM Project website is also available at