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Abigail Hird

Knowledge Transfer Manager - Manufacturing

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Abi is part of the Manufacturing team in KTN.  Helping manufacturers to innovate and innovators to manufacture, Abi makes targeted links to the right knowledge, partners, facilities and funding with a view to driving productivity and economic growth.

Abi leads on ‘Helping Innovators to Manufacture’ – supporting companies with hardware prototypes scale up manufacturing. This often involves asking challenging questions early on to maximise the likelihood of commercialisation success – Understanding the market, design for manufacture, supporting manufacturing supply chain development, finding manufacturing partners, manufacturing strategy and preparation for funding and/or investment.

Get in touch with Abi if you’re interested in KTPs (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships), keen to connect with an academic community or looking to find out more about the strategic or management related aspects of design and manufacturing. Abi has an academic background in Product Design Engineering and Systems Engineering and experience innovating in a wide range of manufacturing sectors including automotive, aerospace, logistics, defence, textiles and medical devices.

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