A MANUFACTURING company in Widnes is among the first in the country to benefit from a government-backed programme designed to boost UK productivity and growth.

DT Engineering North West Limited is aiming to transform its business by adopting new digital technologies after receiving a share of £20m in funding through the Made Smarter Programme.

The firm is among a cohort of nine North West companies who have successfully applied for Made Smarter matched-funding, allowing them to explore and adopt leading-edge advanced manufacturing methods such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), 3D-printing and robotics.

The company, a specialist manufacturer of crane and lifting equipment based at Everite Road Industrial Estate in Widnes, wants to incorporate digital technologies into heavy engineering environments to ensure the safe operation of potentially dangerous equipment.

Managing director Tony Coyle said the project with Made Smarter will create new jobs and boost sales opportunities.

He added: “Success of this project will completely transform our business, allowing the company to grow and become far more profitable as we anticipate the integration of digital technologies and systems to complement our current core business."

Donna Edwards, director of the Made Smarter North West pilot, said: "We have found businesses are enthusiastic about the benefits of adopting new digital technology.

"Often, they need funding support, alongside specialist advice and insight to help them select the right approach for their business.

"This is exactly how Made Smarter can and is helping businesses across Cheshire.

"Made Smarter is relevant for any North West SMEs who make, create, manufacture or engineer, and I urge local businesses not to miss this opportunity.

"I would encourage anyone who may be interested to register today for a fully-funded audit of your operations and see how Made Smarter might be able to help you.”

Cheshire businesses keen on hearing on how industrial digital technologies can help them grow are invited to a special Made Smarter event at Sci Tech Daresbury this Wednesday (May 22).

There will be case studies, a panel of experts and real-life demonstrations.

For more details and to sign up to the free event visit