5G Distributed Manufacturing Beyond Borders

project 5GDistMan
Project Key Information

Project Status: set-up

Start Date: November 2023

End Date: October 2026

Budget (total): 2434 K€

Effort:  28.32 PY

Project-ID: C2023/1-14

Project Coordinator

Name: Sarah Wilson

Company: University of Sheffield AMRC

Country: United Kingdom

E-mail: grants@amrc.co.uk

Project Consortium

Obortech, Poland
Karel Elektronik San. ve Tic. A.S., Türkiye
The University of Sheffield, Advanced manufacturing research center, UK
Dabco (Vodafone), UK


Distributed manufacturing is a decentralised manufacturing approach that involves the use of digital technologies to produce goods. This approach has gained significant attention in recent years due to its potential to reduce supply chain risks, improve sustainability, and increase agility in the face of market changes.

5G DistMan will integrate distributed manufacturing into industry to improve international supply chain resilience. By producing goods close to the point of consumption, companies can reduce their reliance on distant suppliers, which can be subject to disruptions such as natural disasters, geopolitical tensions, and transportation issues.

Distributed manufacturing has the potential to reduce the carbon footprint of manufacturing and reduce wastage. By producing goods closer to the point of consumption, companies can reduce the transportation distances and emissions associated with traditional manufacturing approaches. Furthermore, distributed manufacturing can enable the use of renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind, to power production facilities. Companies can produce goods in small quantities, enabling them to respond quickly to market changes reducing the risk of overproduction and associated wastage.

The consortium will bring together the UK, who has a widely available public 5G network alongside the capability to bring 5G into manufacturing through the AMRC and Dabco and require overseas expertise to prove secure supply chains across borders. Turkey and Poland are developing their 5G infrastructure, both Karel and Obortech will utilise expertise gained through this project to influence both their internal capability and their respective countries.

The overall aim of 5GDistMan is to enable a truly connected, visible supply chain that is secure enough to enable a distributed manufacturing approach across international borders.

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