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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 through our D2MGuide, 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 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.

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 the Made Smarter Innovation Network and help us drive positive change.

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

Circular economy for SMEs: innovating with the NICER programme

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to research, test and develop step-change circular economy approaches.

Opens: 11/10/2021 Closes: 08/12/2021

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Made Smarter Innovation: Sustainable Smart Factory

UK registered businesses and organisations can apply for a share of up to £20m for digital innovation projects that will improve the resource efficiency and energy efficiency of manufacturing processes in factories.

Opens: 01/11/2021 Closes: 26/01/2022

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The BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) - phase 3

A total of £8 million in funding will be available to fund industrial scale demonstrations of novel technologies with the potential to reduce energy consumption, maximise resource efficiency and cut carbon emissions.

Opens: 01/11/2021 Closes: 03/01/2022

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Events

Tue
29
Jun
2021

Made Smarter - Innovation Network: Flexible Manufacturing

10.00 - 11.30 | Online

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Wed
30
Jun
2021

The Future of UK Manufacturing and Supply Chain Infrastructure

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Wed
17
Nov
2021

5G and Manufacturing: Productivity & Efficiency

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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News

04.05.2021

Manufacturing and Materials Funding Round-Up

Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Manufacturing and Materials sectors. Last updated September 2021.

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05.11.2021

Made Smarter Innovation launches new £20 million competition

In a new Made Smarter Innovation competition focused on Sustainable Smart Factories, UK registered businesses and organisations can apply for a share of up to £20m for digital innovation projects that will improve resource efficiency and energy efficiency.

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Programmes related to Manufacturing

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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 the Made Smarter Innovation Network and help us drive positive change.

Learn More

4Manufacturing

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

Learn More

Medicines Manufacturing Challenge Community

Supporting manufacturers of medicines in order to grow the UK economy

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