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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, 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.

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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: digital supply chain, industrial research

UK registered businesses can apply for funding towards an industrial research project in digital technologies to transform manufacturing supply chains.

Opens: 06/07/2020 Closes: 07/10/2020

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Manufacturing made smarter: digital supply chain, feasibility studies

UK registered businesses can apply for ISCF funding towards feasibility studies into digital technologies to transform supply chains in UK manufacturing.

Opens: 06/07/2020 Closes: 07/10/2020

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Innovate UK Smart Grants: August 2020

Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver disruptive R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy. Apply by 25th November.

Opens: 28/08/2020 Closes: 25/11/2020

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Material and Manufacturing Challenges in making Fashion sustainable?

10.00 - 15.00 | Online

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Accelerating Detection of Disease webinar: industry briefing for the life sciences sector

10.00 - 11.00 | Online

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Heat recovery and utilisation – Defining the foundation industries' sector innovation needs

10.30 - 12.00 | Online

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Technological advancements are paramount for the Automotive and Aerospace industries

Digital technologies in Automotive and Aerospace industries are transforming manufacturing. It’s time for manufacturers to create the best digital supply chains to support this.

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Do you want to exhibit at the Manufacturing Made Smarter Emerging Technology Show at Smart Factory Expo?

KTN and Innovate UK are once again returning to Smart Factory Expo 2020 part of Digital Manufacturing Week 2020 but in a different format this year.

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