Robotics Rolls Out the Cumbria Robotics Cluster

Robotics is launching the Cumbria Robotics Cluster in Northern England. The cluster is an initiative powered by the Industrial Solutions Hub (iSH) to harness and expand the region’s renowned capabilities in cutting-edge engineering and problem-solving.
Launched at the Harnessing Robotics and AI for Challenging Environments (HRAICE) event at Energus in Workington, the cluster will bring organisations together with a shared vision to elevate Cumbria as a globally recognised centre of excellence in robotics engineering.
Founded in March 2024, the Cumbria Robotics Cluster aims to deliver substantial social and economic benefits to Cumbria by fostering growth in the robotics sector through collaborative innovation and knowledge-sharing. Members and collaborators include Sellafield Ltd, Robotics and AI Collaboration (RAICo), the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, and large and small supply chain companies.
The cluster will play a crucial role in developing advanced robotics technologies and skills that address industrial challenges, particularly in the nuclear industry and other harsh environments.
“The formation of the Cumbria Robotics Cluster is a strategic step towards consolidating Cumbria’s position as a leader in high-tech engineering solutions,” said ISH Managing Director Gary McKeating. “By linking together the expertise of our region’s top firms, we are not only aiming to tackle some of the most pressing industrial challenges through robotics but also to spark inclusive economic growth and attract further investment into our community.”
The cluster is not a commercial bidding entity but a cooperative network that encourages its members to collaborate and engage commercially as they see fit. It will also operate sub-groups focusing on specific areas of interest, providing a platform for in-depth exploration and solution development. Regular knowledge-sharing and networking events will support these efforts, fostering a collaborative environment conducive to innovation.
Members of the Cumbria Robotics Cluster will benefit from access to shared knowledge and opportunities to collaborate on projects nationally and internationally and with existing robotics clusters. The cluster will continue to welcome new members based or working in Cumbria and eager to contribute to and benefit from its collective initiatives.
As it moves forward, the Cumbria Robotics Cluster will also focus on identifying growth targets and showcasing regional strengths in the UK and internationally.

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