Sensor City to Launch a Programme of Discovery Days

Sensor City are launching a programme of Discovery Days designed to support manufacturing and engineering companies looking to scale-up or integrate digital technologies into their products or processes.

Bringing businesses in the manufacturing industry together with experts to discuss their bespoke support requirements and challenges, the Discovery Days aim to raise awareness of the support and funding available and provide delegates with useful tips, insights, and connections to help them take the next step in their digital integration.

Attendees will hear from experts at Sensor City, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), and Imagin3D, and will learn:

  • How to approach digital manufacturing on a shoestring budget
  • The benefits of the virtual factory
  • The types of technical support available for digital integration
  • How to accelerate the adoption of technology

Businesses will also have the opportunity to book one-one-one sessions with experts in a range of areas, including supply chain readiness, industrial IoT, marketing, access to grants and state aid support,virtualisation, and more.

The first scheduled Discovery Day will take place on the 20th of February 2020 at Sensor City, 31 Russell St, Liverpool, L3 5LJ, with the next two scheduled dates being 11th June and 8th October.

The Discovery Days programme follows Sensor City’s 2020 Guide to IoT Adoption and Space to Innovate initiative, aimed at supporting businesses with specific challenges relating to digital technology and IoT implementation.

Speaking on the launch of the Discovery Days, Dr Joanne Phoenix, Interim Executive Director at Sensor City, said, “The manufacturing industry is undergoing a significant shift as we move further into a digitally-enabled age. Manufacturing and engineering are some of the most important contributors to the UK’s economy, but in the current political climate, it’s essential that the sector stays competitive. To do this, it’s vital that the sector embraces change, and that they do it now.

Digital technology and the fourth industrial revolution are talked about a lot, but in our experience, many SMEs struggle to actually take the appropriate steps to adopt innovations and make them work for their organisation. These Discovery Days aim to help businesses that are already creating revenue but want to take the next step by investing in digitalisation, to find the right path for them.”

Sensor City’s Discovery Days are open to manufacturing and engineering companies across the UK. For more information, visit:

University of Liverpool spin out company secures £300k to develop new indoor air pollution technology

A new University of Liverpool spin out company, CageCapture, has secured £300k funding from Innovate UK to take forward technology to remove toxic pollutants from the air.

CageCapture has been formed to commercialise a new cage-based material invented by Dr Ming Liu and Professor Andrew Cooper at the University’s Materials Innovation Factory. They designed and synthesised new cage molecule solids that act like a ‘cage prison’ and can capture low concentration pollutants using a combination of chemical and physical adsorption.

The patented technology has been proven to efficiently capture the most common indoor air pollutant, formaldehyde, at both high and low levels and even in humid conditions. Formaldehyde is often released as a pollutant from building materials such as paint and plasterboard, as well as many other household products. It is believed to cause various health problems and is classified as a Group 1 human carcinogen by WHO.

The Innovate UK funding will be used to develop an in-house formaldehyde testing facility to validate the new technology and to explore other applications for the new technology including different pollutants.

Dr Ming Liu said: “CageCapture is an exciting new spin out company which has been created to commercialise new cage materials which were developed through our research.

“Our technology has been proven in the lab to be more effective at capturing formaldehyde than current methods and this new funding will help us to take this forward and actively pursue collaborators to scale-up manufacturing of the new material.”

Professor Anthony Hollander, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact at the University of Liverpool, said: “The University’s Materials Innovation Factory is known for its world-class research in advanced materials and CageCapture is an excellent example of how leading academic research can be translated into commercial ventures, contributing to economic growth and creating an impact.”

CageCapture has been awarded a total of £298,754 funding via Innovate UK with matched funding from the University’s Enterprise Investment Fund, through the Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe) ‘follow on funding’ competition.