Welcome to the Made Smarter Innovation Network

From 2021 to 2025, KTN will be working on behalf of UKRI to join communities together to transform UK manufacturing. Join our community and help us drive positive change.

The 2017 Made Smarter UK review stated that “the positive impact of faster innovation and adoption of IDTs could be as much as £455 billion for UK manufacturing over the next decade, increasing manufacturing sector growth between 1.5 and 3 percent per annum, creating a conservative estimated net gain of 175,000 jobs throughout the economy”.

The £300 million partnership between government and industry is aiming to create a fully connected, dynamic manufacturing ecosystem inspiring innovation across academia, technology providers and manufacturers. Made Smarter Innovation is delivered by UK Research and Innovation.

Overview

Welcome to series two of the Made Smarter Innovation Network webinars  – delivered as part of the ISCF Manufacturing Made Smarter programme. Manufacturing Made Smarter (MMS) is one of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programmes, investing £147m into creating a fully connected, dynamic manufacturing ecosystem inspiring innovation across academia, technology providers and manufacturers. From 2021 to 2025, KTN will be working on behalf of UKRI to join communities together to transform UK manufacturing.

This webinar series will showcase a range of opportunities and resources that businesses within the manufacturing sector can benefit from. A variety of specialist speakers from innovative manufacturing and technology companies will be presenting at these webinars.

You can register for one or more of the webinars based on your specific areas of interest.

About the Series | Who should attend?

If you are a manufacturer aspiring to be more productive, efficient, competitive and resilient through the use of digital technologies, an integrator or a digital technology solution provider or developer who wants to reach a manufacturing audience, then this event series will be of interest to you.

We will be discussing a range of upcoming Made Smarter and manufacturing-related events, funding opportunities and programmes throughout this webinar series so make sure to register now to keep up to date on a wide variety of upcoming opportunities within the industry.

Digital technology solution providers and developers engaged in the series will also have early access to express their interest in taking a stand at Innovation Alley, within The Manufacturers inaugural exhibition Smart Factory Expo at Digital Manufacturing Week.

Register for the webinar series below.

Coming up

An introduction to how digital technologies and approaches can help make for a smarter, more sustainable factory, and a first look at a competition for R&D funding that Innovate UK are planning.

Background

Digitally enabled and data-driven process innovation can generate considerable energy and resource savings in the factory. Various drivers will only increase with time:

  • Customer demand for sustainably manufactured products is ever increasing
  • Energy and material costs are likely to increase and/or be more and more volatile over time
  • Ever-increasing legislative drivers reflecting government targets for carbon reductions.

We aim to inspire and enable exploration and uptake of this opportunity, plus raise awareness of a CR&D competition that Innovate UK are planning, so that businesses can start contemplating their applications and finding potential partners.  Further build the network that can support this opportunity.

This session is open to those who can drive and facilitate action – manufacturers, technology developers, providers, and integrators, RTOs, data specialists, Life Cycle Analysis practitioners, etc.

You will gain an understanding of how deploying digital within the factory can yield energy and resource efficiency, and thus cost savings, competitiveness, and resilience. Hear about key enablers such as data. Attendees will also be able to hear about a competition that Innovate UK are planning in this topic.

Webinar Sessions

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