Warwick Manufacturing Group,
WMG are a Made in the Midlands Gold Member
WMG was founded by Professor Lord Bhattacharyya in 1980 to reinvigorate manufacturing. From its inception WMG’s mission has been to improve the competitiveness of organisations around the world through the application of value adding innovation, new technologies and skills deployment, bringing academic rigour to industrial and organisational practice.
Support for SMEs in the Manufacturing Sector
Enabling SMEs to create and develop smart, innovative products and processes
The WMG SME Group is a dynamic support team based at the University of Warwick and national trail blazers in how universities support innovation in small and medium sized businesses. We accelerate productivity and growth in SMEs through applying research led tools and techniques, and by building sustainable and collaborative relationships.
We work with hundreds of businesses a year. We provide workshops and technology demonstrations, access to leading edge manufacturing equipment, customised company projects; technology focussed networking events and opportunities for joint research.
Funded by Innovate UK our free support is available to UK SMEs in the manufacturing sector.
We work with SMEs to ensure that customer needs and market trends are considered in the new product development process and develop business models that adapt to competitive environments.
Manufacturing and Materials:
We help SMEs to bridge the gap between low to high volume manufacturing. We provide materials testing support at any point of the product development life cycle, from initial specification to end of product life.
We improve SME productivity levels by using digital tools to monitor, capture, and visualise critical data. We work with SMEs to develop exciting new Smart products using Internet of Things technology.
We support SMEs to validate new and existing product designs through leading edge measurement tools. We support SMEs to showcase their product designs through a unique immersive visualisation suite.
How We Help - Case Studies
Company: Barton Coldform Ltd - Product Development Innovation Leads to New Contract Win
Droitwich based company Barton Coldform Ltd secured a contract with the Ford Motor Company worth £300,000 thanks in part to the implementation of additive layer manufacturing technology through a project with Dr Paul Milne at WMG. Using traditional methods, it would normally take Barton Coldform up to 14 weeks to produce tooling to create demonstrator parts and products. Now using additive manufacturing technology, the process takes just days, resulting in the whole supply chain saving both time and money.
“Barton are proud of their position at the forefront of UK manufacturing innovation and are confident that this technology will revolutionise certain areas of our pre-manufacturing processes.” (Andrew Nuttall, managing director of Barton Coldform Ltd)
Company: Thermotec Plastics Ltd - Strategic Partnership Leads to New Client Offering
Birmingham based Thermotec Plastics worked with Dr Ben Wood to gather vital data for their lightweight materials by accessing WMG materials characterisation facilities free of charge. One of Thermotec’s key customers, a luxury automotive manufacturer had a specific requirement for performance related data for a new composite material that Thermotec were using to make their components. Thermotec were unable to produce the data themselves as the testing equipment required was investment prohibitive. Through the work undertaken with WMG, Thermotec are now able to demonstrate the capability of their products with meaningful, technical data that will be used by the luxury automotive customer on a £500K potential project. It also allowed Thermotec to target other clients with a potential spend expectation of £1m.
Company: Koolkwic – Novel Cooling Solution for high Performance Applications
Since 2012, Koolkwic has been developing ideas for new types of cooling systems. In early 2013, with the help of the WMG centre HVM Catapult, Koolkwic were able to demonstrate that one of their concepts had huge potential for use in a range of industries including automotive, motorsport and aerospace as well as for the beverage and facilities management industries where thermal control is a critical issue. Following this proof of concept work they worked with WMG and Coventry University to secure Regional Growth Funding to investigate the use of this technology for a fully sized battery pack cooling system.
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