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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

UK-South Korea Collaborative R&D

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.

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

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Canada-UK Net Zero Value Chains - Transportation

UK registered businesses and Canadian SMEs can apply to collaborate on joint R&D projects that enable the transition to net zero for the automotive, rail, or maritime sectors.

Opens: 04/04/2022 Closes: 29/06/2022

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Automotive Transformation Fund Scale up Readiness Validation (SuRV)

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £15 million to validate readiness of net zero technologies and processes for scale up through pilot production, with a maximum grant request of £2 million.

Opens: 20/04/2022 Closes: 25/05/2022

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Events

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

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Tue
14
Jun
2022

UK India Advanced Manufacturing Pathfinder B2B Webinar

08.00 - 12.35 | 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 March 2022.

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09.05.2022

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) returns for the summer

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has today (9th May) launched a further competition window for applications to the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF).

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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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