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Productivity East powers engineers of the future

At the heart of Productivity East are the engineers of the future. We support businesses by enabling them to work alongside world-class researchers and students to discover practical solutions to current and future challenges. The concept of Productivity East originated through NAAME and has been co-created with the University of East Anglia.

About Productivity East

Productivity East is a new facility currently under construction on the University of East Anglia (UEA) campus. Developments are on schedule for the building to open in the summer of 2021. Productivity East is a concept and initiative which was conceived wholly in conjunction with NAAME. The facility has been developed thanks to significant funding and support from the New Anglia LEP.

A new engineering prototyping and training centre for business, Productivity East is also the new premises for the UEA School of Engineering. It’s an exciting moment for the university as the first cohort of undergraduate students join this new School in September 2021. As a multi-disciplinary facility it also includes elements from the School of Computing Science, and Norwich Business School at the UEA.

Regional Resilience

A founding principle of Productivity East is to get the region better equipped for the demands of modern manufacturing and working. Collaborative working is at the heart of what we do. As well as working closely with NAAME, Productivity East partners with the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor, New Anglia LEP, East of England Energy Group, Hethel Engineering Centre and Tech East. Linking in with further education colleagues in the region also, Productivity East will work with industry and businesses to provide opportunities and solutions to upskill the regional engineering and manufacturing workforce and drive up productivity in the region.


Facilities in the building will include an additive manufacturing equipment area, subtractive manufacturing equipment area, testing area, CAD lab, collaborative design spaces and robotics lab. These facilities will be available to the regional business community, in this innovative dual-purpose building. A priority area for focus is the development of a continuing professional development (CPD) programme for businesses. The multi-disciplinary focus of Productivity East will ensure a very broad range of training can be covered, including such areas as AI, digitisation, leadership and business development alongside more traditional engineering and manufacturing areas.

We currently have a survey live with NAAME colleagues to identify the most significant training gaps and priorities across the regional engineering and manufacturing sector. These findings will ensure the training offering we develop are meeting your needs and requirements. To take part in this survey please click below: .

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Twitter: @ProductivityUEA

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