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Manufacturing

KTN’s Manufacturing team helps manufacturers to innovate, and innovators to manufacture. We work with a broad spectrum of organisations, sectors and technology areas, advising on innovation and connecting to partners, experts, facilities and funding.

Digital manufacturing brings together new technologies such as AI, IIOT, additive manufacturing, robotics and automation, blockchain and immersive technologies. We are working with smart factories to drive improved productivity, efficiency, resilience and competitiveness. Together with Robotics & AI, Immerse UK and others we can make the right connections to cutting edge technology and knowledge, through Manufacturing Made Smarter on an impartial basis.

Product Innovation requires careful navigation of the design to manufacture journey. Successfully delivering a physical product to market (i.e one that requires manufacturing) presents challenges over and above those that non-manufactured products face. As well as technical knowledge and diversity of skills, expertise and strong relationships are key to driving change. KTN can share learning across our network and make the connections you’ll need to deliver on your innovation.

Sustainable, resilient manufacturing. The world is changing. Manufacturers are improving the products they make and the way they make them. This reduces our environmental footprint, increases resource efficiency and creates competitive advantage. Energy efficiency, circular economy, remanufacturing and industrial symbiosis are all areas we specialise in as a team.

We help manufacturers and innovators to improve their processes across all these areas by making impartial connections, across the UK and globally, with the right partners, suppliers and funding channels including Innovate UK and other funding sources.

Our current focus in this area

4Manufacturing

4Manufacturing® is a tool, developed in partnership with industry, that helps manufacturers deploy digital technologies and realise the Industry 4.0.

Digital Manufacturing

Digital manufacturing promises improved productivity, sustainability, resilience and the creation of high value jobs. The industrial digital technology (IDT) innovator seeking to make an impact in the physical world stands to benefit from the transformation of UK manufacturing.

Product Innovation

Turning an idea into a scalable, commercial product is a challenge that faces many entrepreneurs, innovators and SMEs. Developing a new product, new functionality or new customer experience can be difficult and success may not always happen. 97% of hardware startups fail (compared with 70% of tech start-ups).

Sustainable Manufacturing

The world is changing at an ever greater pace, and manufacturers are responding – improving the products they make and the way they make them. This enables reduced environmental footprint and improved resource efficiency, but also creates benefits such as competitive advantage and a closer alignment with the customer’s needs.

Funding Opportunities

Manufacturing Made Smarter Innovation Hub – Digital Supply Chain: Expression of Interest

UK registered businesses and research organisations can apply for up to £10 million from ISCF to set up and run a digital supply chain innovation hub.

Opens: 23/11/2020 Closes: 13/01/2021

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Manufacturing Made Smarter Innovation Hub – Smart Factory: Expression of Interest

UK registered businesses and research organisations can apply for up to £20 million from ISCF to set up and run a smart factory innovation hub.

Opens: 23/11/2020 Closes: 13/01/2021

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Innovation continuity loans November 2020 - three strands

Innovate UK is offering up to £210 million in loans to small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and third sector organisations that have a challenge in continuing, completing or following on an innovation project. Loans are for organisations that find themselves facing a sudden shortage or even unavailability of funds resulting directly from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Opens: 06/11/2020 Closes: 13/01/2021

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Events

Thu
15
Oct
2020

#IdeasMeanBusiness: The design to manufacture journey

14.00 - 15.00 | Online

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Thu
19
Nov
2020

BioFabrication: 3D printing - What is it and what can it do for you?

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Wed
4
Nov
2020

Transforming Foundation Industries: Investor Partnership Programme Event

14.00 - 15.30 | Online

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News

06.11.2020

£30m funding for the ISCF Manufacturing Made Smarter Smart Factory & Digital Supply Chain Innovation Hubs

A NEW Expression of Interest competition for Innovation Hubs launched on 23rd November as part of the Manufacturing Made Smarter Challenge, funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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18.11.2020

Register your interest in receiving our 4Manufacturing® support in 2021

KTN are offering up to 175 fully-funded places for SMEs to get 4Manufacturing® support in 2021 (start dates Feb – Apr) but you’ll need to be quick! Sign up now and complete our survey by the 4th December 2020.

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