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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

ISCF Transforming Foundation Industry: Small scale R&D, two strands

The Transforming Foundation Industries (TFI) Challenge fund will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £1.5 million in innovation projects. Projects must address the resource productivity or energy performance opportunities of the sector and its supply chains.

Opens: 16/08/2021 Closes: 29/09/2021

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EUREKA GlobalStars Taiwan digital industrial collaborations

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £865,000 to develop collaborative innovation projects in partnership with organisations from participating EUREKA members and GlobalStars countries.

Opens: 13/09/2021 Closes: 15/12/2021

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Industry of Future Programme: Industrial Sites

The Industry of Future Programme (IFP) aims to increase the range of options available to industry to enable them to decarbonise at a faster rate.

Opens: 07/09/2021 Closes: 14/10/2021

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Events

Wed
24
Mar
2021

Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey: March Adventure Stories

12.00 - 13.30 | Online

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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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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 August 2021.

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19.08.2021

KTN supporting The Carbon Trust on new phase of Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator

The Carbon Trust, with support from KTN and Jacobs, has been re-appointed to design and run the next phase of the UK government’s Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA), launched by the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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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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