From 2021 to 2025, KTN will be working on behalf of UKRI to join communities together to transform UK manufacturing. Join our community and help us drive positive change.

The 2017 Made Smarter UK review stated that “the positive impact of faster innovation and adoption of IDTs could be as much as £455 billion for UK manufacturing over the next decade, increasing manufacturing sector growth between 1.5 and 3 percent per annum, creating a conservative estimated net gain of 175,000 jobs throughout the economy”.

The £300 million partnership between government and industry is aiming to create a fully connected, dynamic manufacturing ecosystem inspiring innovation across academia, technology providers and manufacturers. Made Smarter Innovation is delivered by UK Research and Innovation.

Made Smarter | Innovation Network series of events

KTN’s Made Smarter Innovation Network is running a series of events from 14 April to 29 June, focused on helping manufacturers and digital technology companies Make Manufacturing Smarter.


Presenting The Made Smarter Technology Accelerator prototypes

With a focus turning to economic recovery, the Made Smarter Technology programme emphasises the role of advanced digital technologies in tackling industry challenges head-on. 14 startups are set to develop #technology prototypes and minimum viable products across #artificialintelligence, #distributedsystems, #immersive and #futurenetworks to address some of the UK’s most prevalent #manufacturing challenges set by seven challenge industry partners: Sainsbury’s, GAF, Safran Landing Systems, O’Neills, Northumbrian Water Group, BAE Systems and Babcock International Group. The programme is run by Digital Catapult, and funded by UKRI through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund as part of the national Made Smarter movement. Read more here.

Discover the solutions to these challenges at the 23 June Prototype Presentation: register here.

Made Smarter Innovation +

Made Smarter Innovation Plus aims to bring together economic and social science insights across the Made Smarter challenge and the wider UK manufacturing sector and provide academic leadership and activities to bolster engagement and collaboration opportunities for digital technology innovation within manufacturing. Find out more.

The aim of the Made Smarter | Innovation Network programme is to harness the transformative power of innovative Industrial Digital Technologies which we will deliver under our existing networks, making these more connected, more visible, and more accessible.

The UK is recognised as being world leading in areas such as AI, customer experience and product design.  KTN will be bringing these communities together to deliver a UK manufacturing sector that is more…

  • modern
  • connected
  • resilient
  • flexible
  • productive
  • and environmentally sustainable.

Join this vibrant cohesive community of digital solution developers and integrators and connect with manufacturers, across industry sectors.  KTN will be working closely with our stakeholders and partners to connect the UK manufacturing ecosystem and bring together a landscape of funding, collaboration opportunities, innovation support as well as access to testbeds and demonstrators.

As with everything we do, KTN will be working to bring together a diversity of disciplines, view points, skills and perspectives to drive positive change.

Sign up for KTN’s Manufacturing newsletter to find out what’s happening across the programme, and join our innovative communities at

Immerse UK

Robotics and AI

Additive Manufacturing