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With Brexit fast approaching, the UK government has announced a number of initiatives designed to support the country’s industry and technology firms. One of the latest is new funding to help develop next-generation aircraft engines.

Bdaily reported on the £24 million that has been announced under the Industrial Strategy, which will be spent across four research and development (R&D) projects in the coming months.

The aim of these projects is to bring academia and business together to create innovative solutions to engineering problems - in this instance making aircraft engines more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Rolls-Royce will be jointly funding the projects, which comes after its announcement that it intends to invest £150 million in doubling its engine production in the UK.

Greg Clark, business secretary, commented: “These pioneering Rolls-Royce projects will ensure it is the UK that leads the world in developing the next generation of cleaner jet engine technologies.”

He noted that it’s fitting for the country to be at the forefront of this sector given its history in aerospace engineering and the fact that the first turbojet engine was developed here.

The projects are worth a combined £58.3 million, according to the news provider, and their main aim is to design an engine that improves fuel efficiency by 25 per cent.

Despite the focus on developing innovative new aerospace technologies, there are concerns that the sector could face problems following Brexit. Reuters recently highlighted the findings of a committee of lawmakers in the UK, who stated that exiting the EU without a free trade deal could result in £1.5 billion in extra costs for firms in the UK.

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Digital technologies are increasingly becoming integral to an industry's growth and development. The term Industry 4.0 represents the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies; and includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud storage and cognitive computing. Industry 4.0 creates what has been called a "smart factory", whereby companies can model complex operational systems based upon real-time data from equipment and employees to streamline procedures.

Recently, sectors including aerospace, energy, pharmaceutical and automotive have applied the principles of the smart factory to more human orientated procedures - specifically in employee training and development. In a recent interview at the Volkswagen Group Forum in Berlin, Prof. Henning Kagermann, President of the National Academy of Science and Engineering explained: "Agile working and “disruptive-creative innovation cycles” have been common practice in the software industry for a long time. In other words, the entire system is challenged every few months and therefore, you need to retrain your developers in new methods to stay at the cutting-edge."

At the Mobile World Congress 2018, Volkswagen Group presented its objective to use virtual reality helmets (VR) on a large scale at its 31 training centers located around the world. Training using VR technology is seen as a key use case for the automotive industry because it is regularly required to reinvent its products and review its production lines. Each workspace changes, creating a huge need for continuous employee development. In addition, the equipment used on a day-to-day basis is generally very expensive and operates at a 24-hours a day, seven days a week schedule; therefore, reserving a section for training is almost impossible.

With virtual reality, training can be done locally, and the factories do not have to stop. The module used by Volkswagen (based on the Innoactive platform) consists of creative tools that allow companies to design their own scenarios according to their needs; opening up a vast array of additional uses - whether it be for teamwork, process evaluation or team training. At the moment Volkswagen Group aims to train at least 10,000 people via VR technology in 2018, focusing on five key brands: Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

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The medical technology sector has been given a boost, after it was revealed that Manchester Science Partnerships has been awarded a £18.5 million loan for the development of Citylabs 2.0.

This building will stretch 92,000 sq ft in the heart of Manchester and is a joint venture with Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

It follows from Citylabs 1.0 biomedical centre of excellence, and is part of a £60 million investment into the largest clinical campus in Europe.

Tom Renn, managing director of Manchester Science Partnerships, said: “At Citylabs 2.0, we are committed to creating a world-leading hub for biomedical innovation.”

He stated the funding will enable construction work to begin shortly, adding that success of Citylabs 1.0 has shown the requirement for global biomedical and precision medicine companies to develop in Manchester.

“The city region’s £6 billion devolved healthcare budget, its world class universities, skilled talent pool and strong track record of academic, clinical and commercial partnerships has made us a gateway for healthcare professions,” Mr Renn commented.

Evergreen 2 has contributed £12.5 million of the funding supported by the 2014-20 European Regional Development Fund programme, while the balance came from the North West Evergreen Fund.

Citylabs 1.0 currently provides businesses with clinical resources, medical expertise, and collaboration spaces. There is talk of Citylabs 3.0 being developed in the city as well, which will further enhance the north-west as a centre of healthcare innovation.

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