A programmed led by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) will help UK manufacturing businesses recover from the economic effects of the pandemic.
The Measurement for Recovery (M4R) programme will provide access to cutting-edge R&D, expertise and facilities to help solve analysis or measurement problems that can’t be resolved using standard technologies and techniques.
The programme, which will run until the end of 2020, will enable up to 400 businesses to access NPL scientists and leading experts in testing and measurement laboratories and associated resources.
The aim of the programme is to help boost productivity and competitiveness in UK industry, unleashing innovation and making the UK a great place to work and do business.
As part of the programme, NPL is working alongside partner National Measurement Laboratories. Combined, this offers industry access to some of the most advanced facilities, techniques and technologies available in the world and will allow companies to be matched to the best scientists and facilities to solve analysis or measurement problems.
NPL is no stranger to national crisis, supporting the war efforts during both World Wars and supporting UK industry through numerous global financial crises.
Pete Thompson, CEO of National Physical Laboratory (NPL), said: “I’m delighted that our scientific and engineering expertise is being utilised by UK industry to restart, recover and grow.
Our scientists and engineers, through the Measurement for Recovery programme, are helping UK businesses to understand new regulations, processes and working arrangements as well as advising on the development of new products. As a multi-disciplinary laboratory, we offer independent and respected advice that gives confidence to the companies we work with.
“It is this, combined with our partnership with the UK’s National Measurement Laboratories that will enable us to support innovation, boost productivity and increase resilience and competitiveness to make the UK a great place to work and do business going forward.”