Quantum Technology Innovation
06 Mar 2021
Small and medium-sized businesses within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP (GBSLEP) region will be given a unique opportunity to access specialist technical equipment through the launch of the new Quantum Technology Innovation Hub (QTIH) at the University of Birmingham. The Hub is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Advanced Measurement in Manufacturing (CIAMM) in partnership with GBSLEP. It offers specialist equipment to enable research, experimentation and detailed product testing for a wide range of businesses, particularly in the engineering, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors.
Experts at the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing – also based at the University of Birmingham – will be available to advise on usage and technological development. Set up in 2018, CIAMM has already provided free support and collaboration with hundreds of businesses supporting them in discovering the full potential of quantum technologies and the world-leading expertise offered by the University of Birmingham, helping to drive innovation in the local economy.
Chair of Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, Tim Pile says:
“GBSLEP’s investment of £3m in the Quantum Innovation Hub shows our commitment to enabling innovation in the West Midlands. As a business led organisation we look to create opportunities for inclusive economic growth. We believe this new hub is a much needed space for small and medium sized firms to experiment, test and commercialise their research and development work. This project is a great example of how we collaborate with our academic, public and private sector partners to identify projects that drive forwards the modernisation of advanced manufacturing and engineering.”
Professor Kai Bongs, Director of Innovation at the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham, said:
“We are hoping to engage with the local business community to encourage and develop the use of quantum technology in commercial products. The addition of these essential items of equipment will provide an accessible gateway for small businesses to become more technologically competent and quantum-ready for the future. At the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing, we already engage with over 70 nationwide industry partners, and with the QTIH we are looking to boost Birmingham’s business community.”