A new project aimed at accelerating the transfer of the latest research from the North West Laser Engineering Consortium (NWLEC) to businesses in the north-west of England has been approved.
The go-ahead follows the confirmation of an £882,000 investment from the Northwest European Regional Development Fund.
A strategic alliance between the universities of Liverpool and Manchester, the NWLEC combines the expertise of both to research and develop laser capabilities for the benefit of industry.
John Flamson, director of strategic partnerships and development at the University of Liverpool, said the partnership will help to improve the competitiveness of the regional economy.
He commented: "This new project will help us to translate cutting-edge laser technologies to the local business base, strengthening university-industry collaborations, and adding value to the university's considerable expertise in this area."
The University of Liverpool's Laser Group contains state-of-the-art equipment for the development of welding, cutting, marking, surface treatments and novel laser-based processes.