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Case Studies


Motor Company Drive For Design Changes.

Morgan Motor Company Ltd is a legendary car manufacturer, operating on a global scale, now 102 years old and still in the hands of the same family. The company specialises in the design, manufacture and distribution of exclusive sports cars into the high-value performance market sectors. To compete in today’s challenging economic climate, it was vital that Morgan had an efficient and innovative operation.

Building on the success of earlier collaborations, this Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Birmingham City University was initiated to improve an in-house capability for concept design, visualisation and refinement to enable the rapid development of new vehicle designs. Read More.





KTP Is The Driver For Success.

Morgan Motor Company Ltd is a family-run business, which has been in operation since 1910. The company specialises in the design, manufacture and distribution of traditionally crafted exclusive sports cars into the high-value performance market sectors.

The Worcester-based firm recognised that the company needed to accelerate the product development cycle. In order to implement these changes the company turned to Birmingham City University. Read More.





KTP Offers Clear Route To New Product Development.

Founded in 1981, Bromsgrove Glass and Windows Ltd (BGW) employed more than 50 people at its Bromsgrove site and had a turnover in excess of £4million in 2006. The company established its core business in the manufacture and supply of glass and fenestration products to the building and shop-fitting industries, and successfully diversified into the production and installation of conservatories and double glazing units for the domestic market.

The company worked with the University’s Birmingham Institute of Art and Design faculty on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership. The collaboration aimed to develop an in-house process for the manufacture of a new range of glass furniture and.. Read More.





New Process Offers Clear Commercial And Environmental Benefits.

Glasscoat have been involved in substantial research in the glass finishing industry since 1970. They developed electrostatic coating of glass in 1983 and in 1998 Glasscoat Limited were formed, with commercial production of coated bottles commencing shortly after. Their coating process has been developed and marketed across the world and there are now over twenty installations in fourteen different countries.

Glasscoat made the strategic decision to research development of a UV-curing process with the aim of applying this new technology to bottle coating. It was this objective that led the company to pursue a collaborative partnership with Birmingham City University. Read More.





Aerospace Engineers Flying Higher.

West Midlands based Bromford Industries Limited was formerly known as Hampson Aerospace Machining Division before the 2009 management buy-out, backed by Darwin Private Equity. It is a privately owned enterprise trading on a global scale which manufactures and supplies engineered and performance-critical components for the commercial aerospace, military and defence, and power generation markets.

Following the success of the University’s original ‘Lean’ programme; which had proved beneficial to the plant’s operation, culture and financial performance, the subsequent collaboration in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) flowed instinctively from the already established relationship. Read More.





Safety Technology Protects Its Competitive Edge.

Safety Technology International (Europe) Limited (STI) is a UK based safety specialist that manufactures and distributes customised fire alarms, extinguishers and protective accessories. The company has over 50 unique safety products used by educational institutions, offices and hospitals to prevent false fire alarms, theft and vandalism.

Safety Technology International wanted to expand and improve its product range and increase its overall market share. The company needed to develop an in-house design process to create and manufacture a new range of alarm protection systems to enable it to gain wider market appeal, increase sales and strengthen its competitive position. Read More.





New Visualisation System Enables Virtual Jewellery Design To Be Viewed In Real-Time 3D.

Hatton Garden-based Holts Lapidary, are known in the industry for their gemstone expertise, lapidary skills and the creation of bespoke gemstone jewellery for both manufacturing jewellers and private clients. Holts needed to be able to increase sales of gemstones and respond faster to their customer needs in a very competitive market-place, by providing themselves with the capability to trial jewellery designs without the cost of producing prototypes.

The company turned to expertise within the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC], a part of the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) for assistance. Read More.





Steel Processor Gains Market Share.

Birmingham City University initially undertook a partnership with the Dudley based company Servosteel, the UK’s leading steel toll processing company. In 2007, the company invested over 20% of their turnover in new processing equipment to allow them to offer exclusively patented SCS (Smooth, Clean Surface) technology in the UK.

Servosteel has always had a very strong reputation in the UK steel market. To maintain and grow the business, Servosteel needed to make the SCS line a success. The challenge lay in the sales and marketing of the new line: how to create demand from market sectors with which Essar Steel had knowledge, but no direct contact. Read More.





Innovative Company Sets Path For New Product Development.

Derby-based Deaf Alerter plc is dedicated to making products which save lives in emergencies, displaying information to deaf and hard-of-hearing people normally provided by audible means. Installations include central and local government, major deaf organisations, schools, colleges, universities, airports, bus stations, hospitals, nursing homes, sheltered housing, offices, factories, hotels and retail premises.

This KTP built on the foundations of a previous Teaching Company Scheme which made significant progress in creating an ‘intelligent’ device to alert deaf and hard-of-hearing people to a fire alarm sounding. Read More.





Top Jewellery Manufacturer Executes Strategic Business-model

R Platnauer Ltd is a significant Midlands company in the field of jewellery and associated giftware. The company was established in 1918 and today is among the UK’s top ten jewellery manufacturers.

The late 1990s saw significant shifts in its markets, because of the strong pound and increased competition from low-cost-base countries. R Platnauer Ltd invited Birmingham City University’s Technology, Engineering and the Environment (TEE) faculty to help it move from producing volume jewellery to customised design, manufacture, packaging and marketing for major national clients. This KTP built on the foundations of two previous successful Teaching Company Schemes with BCU. Read More.





Small Business Takes Giant Leap In Innovation

Prism is an independent manufacturing jewellery company founded in 1981. The company’s products include titanium, silver, gold and platinum jewellery ranges for men and women. Prism is a design-led company and has consistently focused its energies on quality of design and manufacture, with high importance placed on a marketing strategy which is sympathetic to these values.

Prism took the strategic decision to investigate the use of technology in the design and production process. However, as a relatively small business, access to such skills and tools was proving problematic in terms of cost and resource. Read More.

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