Liverpool City Region Exhibition

Manufacturing has always been at the heart of the Liverpool City Region economy. From our world-leading work in chemicals, vaccines and pharmaceuticals to one of Europe’s leading automotive clusters. That’s why Digital Manufacturing Week, Europe’s largest industry event, has found its perfect home in Liverpool City Region.

  • The #1 Biomanufacturing cluster in Europe
  • Liverpool City Region is Leading Industry 4.0 initiatives
  • Highest concentration of robotics for materials science in the world
  • Top 25 High Performance Computingsystems in the world


Liverpool City region is leading the way on Industry 4.0, with the ambition, the talent and the tools to accelerate the fourth industrial revolution. With the largest supercomputing facility for industrial applications in the UK and the highest concentration of robotics for materials science in the world, there’s nothing artificial about our intelligence.

LCR 4.0

‘The initial LCR 4.0 project was instrumental in transforming Liverpool City Region’s manufacturing sector through digital innovation.

As part of the programme, financed by the European Regional Development Fund, businesses had access to the expertise, technology and collaboration opportunities they needed to boost productivity and drive innovation.

Over 300 SMEs accessed support for growth and the impact delivered to the region included; 248 R&D collaborations, 61 direct new jobs, 57 new products to market and 88 new products to firms, has secured further SME support within Liverpool City Region.
This project, financed by the European Regional Development Fund, is on target to generate £31m GVA and create 955 jobs over six years within the Liverpool City Region.


Bringing insight, imagination around benefits of adopting a digital strategy.

LCR4 START is a new European Regional Development Fund initiative, supporting Liverpool City Region SME business leaders and companies to gain a competitive edge through the development of practical strategies for effective digital adoption. Like its predecessor LCR 4.0 It will provide insight, guidance and demonstration of good practice to accelerate SMEs along their digital journey.


Projects that contribute to LCR 4.0 include:


The UK’s leading centre of virtual engineering technology integration for industrial and commercial applications. The VEC has worked with a host of companies to create virtual simulations.


World-class research facilities including Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Laboratory. For more about how the faculty works with industry visit their website.





A Government funded University Enterprise Zone that includes one of the world’s first incubators dedicated to the development and exploitation of sensor technology. Take a look at the Sensor City Rapid Prototyping Laboratories.




Our investment team is committed to growing your business. As part of our services, we offer a broad portfolio of support to companies interested in growing or establishing their business in Liverpool City Region. Our services include:

Dedicated account manager to support your project | Bespoke research intelligence | Advice on availability and costs of commercial property and soft landing schemes |Introductions to business support organisations and guidance on financial incentives | Introductions to business networks and professionals | Introductions to research and technology expertise | Information on staff recruitment and training | Organising and hosting briefing visits for key staff | Maximising PR associated with your investment | Dedicated aftercare account manager, linking you with public sector support services, and providing bespoke business development services.

Invest Liverpool are ready to support you with your investment plans. We can provide comprehensive, free of charge advice and support from initial enquiry through to delivery of your project, providing a soft landing for your business. We’re waiting to hear from you to demonstrate our offer and answer many of the other questions you have concerning the wealth of opportunities available in the Liverpool City Region.


Automotive Manufacturing has always been at the heart of the city region’s economy. From our excellence in ship-building to our world-leading position in chemicals, vaccines or pharmaceuticals through to the production of one of the world’s leading motor vehicles.


BAC Mono Supercar - Made In Liverpool City Region
Liverpool 2 - Deep Water Terminal


One of the biggest opportunities for manufacturing firms in Liverpool City Region is the access to our ports and logistics infrastructure. More than £1 billion of intermodal infrastructure investment, two international airports in the region and a new deep-water container terminal, means faster global supply chain transit for products made here.



Machfab Engineering is a general and precision engineering company. The LCR4 Start team within LJMU supported them to scope a digital transformation project to increase efficiency and strengthen their positon in the supply chain. Machfab Engineering needed to upgrade their ICT infrastructure and implement a training programme to upskill their work force. With support from LCR4Start, Mach fab was able to de-risk the project by securing funding from Made Smarter. The company has now implemented the first phase of the project including changing the layout of 3 workshops to become leaner, more efficient and reduce waste.

Machfab Engineering - precision engineers
Datahone - Analytical insight for superised manufacturing


Datahone are a service provider of fully integrated ‘Connected Factory’ software and hardware solutions. Through digital strategy support from the LCR4 Start team at LJMU to improve their market potential of their equipment using condition- based monitoring processes by installing a Supervised Manufacturing Demonstrator. This has helped to the raise awareness and understanding of the Industry 4.0 Pillar Internet of things allowing clients to see the technology in operation.

LCR 4.0 listed in Financial Times Top 100

LCR4.0, the regional business support programme to help businesses take advantage of Industry4.0, has been listed in the Financial Times ‘Top 100 European digital champions.

The University’s Virtual Engineering Centre is a partner in the delivery of the LCR4.0 programme which aims to help manufactures better understand what new digital technologies can mean for their own businesses.

Part-funded by European Regional Development Fund, LCR4.0 has supported nearly 200 local manufacturing SMEs and continues to engage with a range of businesses and their supply chains.

LCR 4.0 was hailed ‘exemplar’ by the Made Smarter report, demonstrating the value of such projects on the local business community and specifically, those in manufacturing.

LCR 4.0 is now calling for more sub-regional businesses to get in touch to find out how they can benefit from the programme.

LCR4.0 - a highly effective regional business support programme for the advanced manufacturing sector