What is LCR 4.0?

LCR 4.0 is a UK manufacturing first that aims to put the Liverpool City Region at the heart of an evolution which is set to transform production in the modern world economy.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), LCR 4.0 creates a collaborative community that connects SMEs to expertise and support from key knowledge assets in the region.

A dedicated LCR 4.0 team helps SMEs explore the potential of Industry 4.0 technologies by providing support ranging from research and development, knowledge transfer and the acceleration of ideas from concept through to commercialisation.

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The Process

  • Connect

    • SHARE – experiences with others innovating and evolving with industry
    • EXCITE – teams about Industry 4.0 and the opportunities
    • GAIN – knowledge and insights from experts

  • Innovate

    • ACCELERATE – the development of smarter products and processes
    • IMPROVE – resource efficiency
    • EXPLORE – new markets and opportunities

  • Digitise

    • ANALYSE – real-time data to create customer value
    • GENERATE – real-time data on processes and equipment
    • INTEGRATE – into eco-systems with value chain partners

  • Grow

    • ACCESS – skills and expertise to support business growth
    • ADAPT – to remain competitive in a global industry
    • DEPLOY – smarter analytical tools to lower manufacturing costs

LCR 4.0 will:

  • Deliver fully subsidised support to 300 SMEs in the Liverpool City Region.
  • Enable collaborations between 200 businesses and partners
  • Support 70 new product development cases across a number of firms
  • Create 60 new jobs in supported businesses
  • Create a virtual workspace for LCR manufacturing community
  • Demonstrate the potential of data-driven innovation in manufacturing

Am I eligible for support?

LCR 4.0 supports SMEs engaged in manufacturing and the supply chain (including big science, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, low carbon and renewable technologies and digital and creative industries) within Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral, Halton and Knowsley.


University of Liverpool (Virtual Engineering Centre)

The UK’s leading centre of virtual engineering technology integration and commercial applications, the VEC delivers innovative solutions to industry through the exploitation of academic research and the latest scientific and technology infrastructure.

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)

LJMU’s ETRI (Faculty of Engineering and Technology Research Institute) brings together a broad range of disciplines from astrophysics to bio-engineering  and computer games technology to microwave research.

Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

The LEP is creating the conditions for growth in advanced manufacturing in the Liverpool City Region by supporting business, enhancing skills and making Liverpool City Region an investment destination of choice.

The University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is driving the city’s knowledge economy through close collaboration with fellow universities, industry and the NHS, helping the Liverpool City Region compete in the global business world.

Sensor City Limited

A collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, and a flagship University Enterprise Zone, Sensor City enables industry and academic partners in a range of sectors to translate innovative sensor concepts into commercially viable solutions

The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Hartree Centre

The STFC Hartree Centre is accelerating the adoption of high performance computing, big data analytics and cognitive technologies in industry through collaborative research projects with businesses and academic organisations of all sizes.

Ready to be part of the evolution?
Complete our quick form or call an advisor 0151 237 3903