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KTN: Helping Manufacturers Start their Digital Manufacturing Journey

By KTN 19/06/2018

This year’s International Business Festival has a strong theme around Manufacturing looking at how new technologies are revolutionising the global manufacturing sector as part of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Launching at the International Business Festival, Knowledge Transfer Network, Innovate UK’s network partner, has been working closely with UK industry to develop a practical new initiative - 4Manufacturing® - to help manufacturers manage their first steps into digital manufacturing.

4Manufacturing® is designed to help SME manufacturers define and build an action plan to capture and inform their digital manufacturing journey. It connects companies to a wealth of knowledge, expertise, partners, funding and finance.  Through a network of Local Enterprise Partnership and Growth Hub advisers, 4Manufacturing® will help manufacturers develop competence and confidence in digital technologies.  

The Welsh Government has committed to use 4Manufacturing®. Jon Merrey, Manufacturing and Design Framework Manager said, “We have engaged with the KTN’s 4Manufacturing® tool which will help our manufacturers take their first steps into digital for manufacturing. The simple, practical diagnostic tool makes it easy for our advisors to walk companies through the key areas of digital manufacturing and create a step by step manageable plan for implementation that is now achievable."

Companies can find out more about the tool and how they can access it here.

As well as launching 4Manufacturing® at the Festival, KTN has also been heavily involved in supporting other element of the Festival including the Innovation Summit, the Woman in Diversity Summit and the International Business Festival exhibition.


For more information, contact Malcolm Harold, Senior Manager and Digital Manufacturing Specialist at KTN ( or Anna-Marie Taylor, Marketing Manager at KTN (


About the Knowledge Transfer Network

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) helps businesses get the best out of creativity, ideas and the latest discoveries, to strengthen the UK economy and improve people’s lives. As a network partner of Innovate UK, KTN links new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines in-depth knowledge in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events, bespoke support and innovation insights.