Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing (SAM) project is a £10.9m project to support the implementation of product and process development and the introduction of technology within the SME manufacturing base in the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NE LEP) area.
The programme is a collaboration between ERDF who is providing £5.77M funding (£2.6million from 2014-2020 and £3.1million from 2020-2023) and the University of Sunderland who are managing and, alongside industry, are investing £5.15M in delivery of this project.
The University of Sunderland have committed significant academic resources and recruited a team consisting of industrial and research specialists to support the delivery of both practical and research projects all fully funded to eligible SME’s
The project has over £1M of industry leading capital including 3D printers, I4 rigs and VR/AR equipment and software to encourage SME engagement with advanced technology.
The project also has grants of up to £50,000* available to support capital/product validation/tooling and other financial inhibitors to driving strategic development of both product and process.
Meet The Team ..
Project & Technical Lead
Head of Research
Compliance Officer - Finance
Claire Darling Cooper
Compliance Officer - Purchasing
Position Vacant - Business Development Manager
Data and Project Administration Co-ordinator
Computer Aided Design and Engineering Specialist
Digital Engineering (VR & AR) Specialist
Product and Process Design Specialist
Automation and Robotics Specialist
Business Process Improvement and Simulation Specialist
Industry 4.0 and Electronics Specialist
Technical Team Support Administrative Assistant
Advanced Manufacturing Technician
The expertise offered by a business support programme is allowing a North East innovator to rapidly bring a new air sterilisation product to market.
A North East company has created an innovative on-street electric vehicle charging solution, following a record-breaking year for EV car sales.
SAM Project has offered fully funded technical & financial support for manufacturing SME’s since 2018 through ERDF & University of Sunderland. We are currently involved
North East soft drinks manufacturer Clearly Drinks has seen sales fizz after investing £6million into a new canning line and recording its best year to date.
A fast-growing food packaging manufacturer is the latest business to box clever and benefit from the SAM Project’s electronics and industry 4.0 support.