Innovate UK 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.
Our current focus in this area
Advancement in additive manufacturing technologies has seen the evolution of 3D printed parts move rapidly, providing the opportunity for new innovation within the manufacturing world. As companies can now design for additive manufacturing to complement traditional manufacturing processes, there has been a huge shift in its use, particularly within aerospace, medical, transport, energy and consumer products.
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.
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).
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.
Rapidly find innovative solutions to tangible materials and manufacturing challenges
Opens: 24/08/2023 Closes: 30/09/2023
Innovate UK is now inviting expressions of interest from those looking to rapidly find innovative solutions to tangible materials and manufacturing challenges.
Global Business Innovation Programme in USA - Clean Growth
Opens: 22/08/2023 Closes: 29/09/2023
Innovate UK is currently accepting applications for up to 15 companies in the Clean Growth sector to join the Global Business Innovation Programme in the USA.
Flexible, agile, scalable and sustainable medicines manufacturing
Opens: 26/09/2023 Closes: 22/11/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £5m for development and implementation of technologies for medicines development and manufacture.
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Knowledge Transfer Manager ‑ Industrial Technologies and Manufacturing
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Knowledge Transfer Manager - Industrial Technologies and Manufacturing
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Resource Efficiency for Materials and Manufacturing feasibility study competition winners announced
This month Innovate UK announced the 20 participants selected to take part in the Resource Efficiency for Materials and Manufacturing (REforMM) feasibility study competition.
Programmes related to Manufacturing
Transforming Medicines Manufacturing
Innovate UK’s Medicines Manufacturing programmes aim to drive the de-risking and adoption of highly innovative flexible, agile and scalable manufacturing technologies through a culture of collaboration that will drive the growth of this critically important manufacturing sector.
Made Smarter | Innovation Network
From 2021 to 2025, Innovate UK 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.