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Manufacturing & Materials News + Events Round-Up

Posted on 05/07/2019


Here's a round-up of some of the latest news and events that's been on the KTN Manufacturing & Materials Teams' radars. Updated 6th September.

Made Smarter Commissioner Margaret Wood calls for manufacturers to take advantage of advice, sign-posting and funding available for digital technology deployment

Margaret Wood, MBE, founder of specialist glazing company, ICW UK (Ltd) recently joined fellow commissioners at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at Rotherham to call for greater integration of digital technologies into manufacturing.


Shaping the High-Level CR&D Programme for the Foundation Industries

Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK/UK Research and Innovation will be holding two workshops in September to help shape the future collaborative R&D programme for the Foundation Industries (covering metals, ceramics, paper, glass, chemicals and cement). You are invited to attend one of these workshops, either in London (10th September) or Birmingham (11th September). Both workshops will start at 09.30 and finish at 16.00.


What can your business do to reduce plastic waste? UKCPN Business Breakfast Roadshow

UK Circular Plastics Network’s next event, as part of UKCPN’s series of workshops on the plastic recycling landscape, will be in Manchester on 18th September at the National Graphene Institute.The event will provide an opportunity to hear about the current UK plastics recycling landscape, plastic waste case studies and challenges in the plastic waste sphere, as well as an overview of UK funding opportunities.


A4i Programme helped Johnstons of Elgin to develop a ‘fluffiness’ measurement for their luxury cashmere brand

Through an interface enquiry that resulted in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with University of Strathclyde, Johnstons was able to carryout pioneering research into innovative techniques and technologies for objectively measuring traditionally subjective finish attributes of its woven cashmere pieces.


E-Textiles 2019: Call for Papers – Deadline Extended

E-Textiles 2019 will include speakers from both academia and industry from a variety of disciplines united by electronic textiles technologies and their applications.



Case Study: TotalControlPro

KTN helps TotalControlPro make the right connections to help the manufacturing sector embrace the changes of Industry 4.0


KTN and Innovate UK invite you to an Information and Consortia Building Event for Horizon 2020 Circular Economy and Plastics

This free to attend event on 16th October in London will give details about forthcoming Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5, specifically Circular Economy and Plastic related research and Innovation Actions, Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s Research and Innovation Programme.


EUREKA SMART Advanced Manufacturing: webinar recording and slides now available

On the 3rd of September KTN hosted a Briefing Webinar on forthcoming EUREKA 3rd SMART Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Call. The UK will support EUREKA’s 3rd SMART Cluster Call with £2 million. This webinar included an Introduction to SMART, a flexible, industry-driven EUREKA Cluster program in Advanced Manufacturing


Why you should be exhibiting at MRE 2020

MRE 2020 is a two-day exhibition and showcase taking place on 18th – 20th February 2020 at the Business Design Centre in London. Organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK, the event will showcase the wealth of UK materials research, investment opportunities and UK progress towards Industry 4.0.


Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 5 Competition Briefing – watch the recording now

After four successful rounds, which between them have supported over 400 companies, Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 5 (Phase 1) opened on 29 July. The detailed scope of Round 5 will be released in mid-July and the main competition briefing was held in London on the 31 July – a recording is available to view now.


Manufacturing Made Smarter to transform the productivity and agility of UK manufacturing

Up to £30m available to fund digital technologies that will transform UK manufacturing. The competition is now open and will close on 28 August at 12 noon.


Become a member of UK Circular Plastics Network today.


Closed Loop Supply Chain Workshop 2019 – Thu, 12 Sep – Sat, 14 Sep, Northumbria University


Additive Manufacturing for Composites – Tue, 17 Sep, Huntingdon


Warwick Industry Day – Tue, 17 Sep, University of Warwick


Open Hybrid Final Event (The Manufacturing Technology Centre) – Wed, 18 Sep, Coventry


PEMC Industrial Solutions – Marine Tech – Wed, 18 Sep, University of Plymouth


MTC ROBOTT – NET Open Lab – Wed, 18 Sep, Coventry


Technology-enabled Manufacturing – Wed, 18 Sep, Derby


HyProCell Open Day – Thu, 19 Sep, Birmingham

– KTN’s Richard Cooper will be presenting on KTN’s Additive Manufacturing SIG & innovation support opportunities.


Intellectual Property (IP) in China – are you protected? – Thu, 19 Sep, Birmingham


TCT Show – The Event for Design-to-Manufacturing Innovation – Tue, 24 Sep – Thu, 26 Sep, Birmingham


2nd CIRP Conference on Composite Material Parts Manufacturing – Thu, 10 Oct – Fri, 11 Oct, Rotherham


Confidence in Composites – Tue, 15 Oct – Wed, 16 Oct, Oxford


MTC Digitalising Manufacturing 2019 – Mon, 4 Nov – Tue, 5 Nov, Coventry

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