Amtri, the advanced machinery research institute, will next month lead a bid to set up a European thematic group on agile and reconfigurable machinery.
European Union funding under the Brite-Euram programme will be sought for the group, which will bring together industry and research organisations to develop advanced manufacturing machinery across a range of industry sectors.
The initiative was agreed at a meeting of the Agile Machinery Group and the Foresight panel on manufacturing, production and business processes.
Consultant George Sweeney of the Machinery Technology Centre at Amtri, has been trying to persuade industry to adopt the technologies developed in a Link research programme on advanced manufacturing machinery. He said the aim was to create a cohesive group linking industry and academia across Europe.