Launch of LCR4.0 brings Industry 4.0 to Liverpool City Region manufacturers
01 Dec 2016



The new European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded LCR4.0 project was launched this week at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool.


​​The LCR4.0 launch event took place recently in Liverpool city centre


The new European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded LCR4.0 project was launched this week at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool. The official launch event welcomed over 100 attendees to hear insights from industry representatives about the project that will benefit manufacturers local to the Liverpool City Region by helping them gain access to Industry 4.0 technologies alongside support with how and where to apply these digital assets to get the most impact for their business.


Partners in the project introduced LCR4.0 to a packed audience.

Chris Maguire, Business Cloud, chaired talks for the evening, including a panel discussion with speakers Simon Reid, Liverpool City Region LEP, Jon Hague, Unilever and two local SMEs; Brainboxes and Valuechain. Key pieces of advice shared included the importance of capturing valid, real-time data across the business to make informed decisions in your organisation, and that having data isn’t enough – companies must use that data to make intelligent, informed decisions. The panel urged SMEs to take advantage of the benefits LCR4.0 can bring to their organisations, particularly in offering local facilities to kick-start a journey to digitise and grow their business.


Guest speakers from Liverpool City Region LEP, Unilever, Brainboxes and Valuechain take part in a panel discussion.

Steve Warren of EEF - The Manufacturer's Organisation cited a new EEF report “The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR): A primer for Manufacturers” (link opens in a new window), calling for more innovators in manufacturing if companies are to achieve better adoption of the latest digital technologies.

No launch event would be complete without some time to network, so the delegates had plenty of opportunities to learn about the specialist areas that each of the partner organisations could provide them with access to. Some lucky attendees even had the chance to dive into the interactive demos!


A virtual wheel-change demo at the LCR4.0 launch event provided by the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre.

The Hartree Centre is proud to be one of the partners delivering technical support within the project, alongside the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Liverpool John Moores University, Sensor City and the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC). Together the partners will ensure that SMEs have access to business support, technical expertise and facilities, giving local industry a unique opportunity to optimise productivity and competitiveness.


Hartree Centre Director, Alison Kennedy, with representatives from each of the LCR4.0 partner organisations.

The collaborative LCR4.0 project will support 300 SMEs across the region to adopt industry 4.0 technologies and processes over the next 3 years. It aims to create opportunities for manufacturers to implement digital across their organisations from production to management, building industry connections and fostering innovation.

To find out more information and keep up to date on the latest LCR4.0 news, visit the LCR4.0 website (link opens in a new window), follow @wearelcr4 or use #LCR4 (link opens in a new window) on Twitter. You can also email enquiries to