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

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.

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.

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).

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.

Current Manufacturing funding opportunities

UK-South Korea Collaborative R&D

Opens: 14/02/2022 Closes: 06/07/2022

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million for this competition, with a maximum grant of £350k/project. This funding is for the purpose of developing innovative proposals with South Korea.

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Faraday Battery Challenge Round 5 Innovation: CR&D

Opens: 23/05/2022 Closes: 17/08/2022

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £25 million across two strands, for innovation in propulsion battery technologies for electric vehicles. This fund is for CR&D projects with total costs from £500,000 to £12 million.

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Young Innovators Awards 2022/23

Opens: 13/06/2022 Closes: 27/07/2022

Young people (aged 18-30 by 27th July 2022) can apply for an award that will help turn their business idea into a reality – including a £5,000 grant, a two days a week living allowance, and tailored business support.

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Manufacturing Events And Recordings

Wed
17
Nov
2021

5G and Manufacturing: Productivity & Efficiency

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Thu
19
May
2022

Adopting AI in Manufacturing: How to Access KTP Funding to Close Your Knowledge Gap

10.00 - 16.00 | Online

Recording coming soon
Thu
14
Jul
2022

Unveiling and Engaging Manufacturing Technology Challenges

14.00 - 16.00 | Online

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Our Manufacturing Experts

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Join us and help transform UK manufacturing at Innovation Alley 2022

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Applications are now open for Made Smarter Innovation Alley, the UK’s largest showcase of leading edge digital technologies for the manufacturing sector, running 16-17 November 2022.

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Programmes related to Manufacturing

Made Smarter | Innovation Network

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.

4Manufacturing

4Manufacturing

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

Medicines Manufacturing Challenge Community

Medicines Manufacturing Challenge Community

Supporting manufacturers of medicines in order to grow the UK economy

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