An upgraded website to help manufacturers take advantage of support and advice has been established.
The Manufacturing Advisory Service website gives users an entry way into all its resources, and has recorded almost 11 million hits and over 400,000 visitors since it was first launched in 2002.
With the Manufacturing Advisory Service now entering its second term after its first three years, the new site is an opportunity to extend the reach of the service to a wider manufacturing audience.
The upgraded site incorporates new elements including an Ask a Question section for those users with more specific technical needs.
This allows questions and queries to be submitted online, and a response from an manufacturing specialist will then be emailed back to the user.
A new My MAS page also provides more specific information related to the user's locality and interest, with the opportunity to receive regular email updates and news bulletins. It also includes direct links to each of the MAS regional centres, information on a network of over 300 specialist expertise organisations, case studies and fact sheets.
In addition, the improved site has new search capabilities and an industry sector categorisation of case studies.
Tony Boylan, MAS national network manager, said: "The new site presents all the benefits of the MAS programme in an even clearer and more comprehensible way.
"With MAS now embarking on its second three-year term, the new website is part of our drive to extend the reach of the service to a broader manufacturing audience, and encourage companies to take advantage of our network of manufacturing specialists.
"I am confident that businesses will find it a practical and effective tool for accessing the support they need to grow."