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3D printing helps carve out Christmas treat

Mug HuggerA Coventry firm has turned to 3D engineering experts from WMG to help create a new range of unique biscuit treats – Mug Huggers – that sit on the side of a mug.

Arden Fine Foods, a Tile Hill-based firm specialising in sweet and savoury bakery products, were keen on producing the creatively shaped biscuit, but to achieve this vision they needed to engineer a unique shape to cut the biscuit dough.

The challenge required employing a flexible process that could easily be altered when minor shape changes were needed – allowing for design freedom and efficient tool manufacture.

WMG researchers used 3D printing, design and additive layer manufacturing capabilities, to help explore new designs and create dough cutters that were used to trial a number of different biscuit shapes, allowing the company to achieve the perfect shape before investing in a drum to fit onto the dough-depositing machine.

Mon 18 Dec 2017, 10:00 | Tags: SME Partnerships

WMG technology helps Midlands cycle company create next generation bicycles for Transport for London

WMG technology helps Midlands cycle companyEngineers from WMG, at the University of Warwick, are providing advanced technology support for Stratford-Upon-Avon’s Pashley Cycles, England’s longest established bicycle manufacturer based in who, with Serco, who this week won the contract to supply the next generation of bicycles for the Transport for London (TfL) Cycle Hire Scheme.

Under the new contract Serco will introduce bicycles, made by Pashley, with the first ones available at the start of October 2017. The new bicycles, which will be produced in the company’s home town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, used WMG’s technical support and advice to help create cycles that are 10% lighter than the current model and that are designed to give a more manoeuvrable and comfortable riding experience.

Through the WMG centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult, based at the University of Warwick, and renowned for its expertise in light weighting, the WMG SME Group provided “additive layer manufacturing” and 3D printing assistance to enable Pashley to develop the new bicycle. This support played a significant part in creating the bike prototype, which in turn helped secure the TfL contract.

Tue 31 Oct 2017, 13:34 | Tags: SME Partnerships Research

SafeJawz says ‘Fangs’ for the help at Halloween to WMG at the University of Warwick

Nile Dacres and Waitu Setu from Coventry RFCWest Midlands sportswear company SafeJawz have said thanks, or rather Fangs, for the help that WMG researchers at the University of Warwick have given them in the development of their new range of self-fit mouth guards which are designed to make gum shields a desirable piece of sports equipment as opposed to a nuisance item that can hinder performance.

As it’s Halloween there was really only one obvious design to go with to mark this successful collaboration which is why Nile Dacres and Waitu Setu from Coventry RFC rugby team are sporting Fang-tastic new mouth guards.

Entrepreneurs George Dyer and Ewan Jones founded the sportswear brand, SafeJawz and their business, Protective SportswearSafeJawz George Dyer with Coventry RFC Ltd in Aldridge near Walsall specialises in custom and self-fit stylish mouth guards that athletes of all levels would want to wear, as opposed to having to wear. Hoping to revolutionise the sector through innovation and twinned with a background in sports dentistry, the company had a distinct advantage in being able to develop a brand new, custom range of striking mouthguards whilst still meeting all the mandatory requirements. However they needed to develop their manufacturing skills and technical knowledge to help take their product ideas from concept to manufacture.

Fri 27 Oct 2017, 11:47 | Tags: SME Partnerships

Welcoming our Interns

SME team 2017In July our SME team welcomed a group of interns as part of the 2017 Summer Internship Programme. They are working with local SMEs on a range of projects covering design and manufacture, tool development, electronics, materials testing and characterisation, and lean methodologies.

Over the past five years, we have delivered 110 internship projects and will deliver another 25 as part of this year’s programme. The interns work alongside our team of experts, giving them valuable work experience, and in turn our SMEs get to work with talented up and coming undergraduates, and access to the state-of-the-art research facilities at the University of Warwick.

If your company is interested in our Internships Programme contact Jen Manerova, Internships Officer, on 02476 523 776 or email: for more details.

Mon 14 Aug 2017, 16:32 | Tags: SME Public engagement Careers

WMG interns supporting Productivity Drive in Manufacturing SMEs

WMG interns supporting Productivity Drive in Manufacturing SMEsThis summer, WMG has 20 places available for Midlands manufacturers to host a talented student or graduate to work on a strategic project in their business.

Part funded by the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, WMG’s SME group at the University of Warwick has been delivering this internship scheme since 2010, with over 120 businesses so far benefiting from a range of impactful outcomes.

The scheme encourages students studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects to consider careers in the manufacturing supply chain. Coupled with this, it supports SME manufacturers to increase productivity by embedding new technologies and processes into their businesses for minimal cost (£2000 per 8-week project).

Mon 15 May 2017, 15:51 | Tags: SME Partnerships Manufacturing Mark Swift Careers

WMG at the heart of innovation

Richard Hill, Head of Sector Automotive & Manufacturing, NatWest, Alison Rose, CEO NatWest Commercial and Private Banking and Archie MacPherson On Wednesday (22 March), our SME Group presented ‘Why Innovation Matters’ to SMEs across the Black Country.

The exclusive invite-only event took place at the NatWest Manufacturing Hub in Wolverhampton with speeches from Alison Rose, CEO of Commercial and Private Banking, and Richard Hill Head of Sector Automotive and Manufacturing at NatWest. Archie MacPherson CEO, WMG centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Paul Milne, Innovation Manager in our SME team, represented WMG.

Attendees were given a chance to hear first-hand about our SME Group’s specialist Product Innovation Accelerator Project. The Project is part-funded by the Innovation MattersEuropean Regional Development Fund. It was developed to help manufacturing SMEs, based in Coventry and Warwickshire and the Black Country, develop new products, processes and access new technology through collaboration.



Mon 27 Mar 2017, 13:14 | Tags: SME HVM Catapult Partnerships

Getting connected…

Get ConnectedWe were delighted to welcome SMEs to our ‘Get Connected: Practical Digital Solutions to Transform your Business’ event on the 7th February 2017.

The event aimed to show SMEs the variety of support available at WMG to help evaluate current processes and implement cost-effective and practical digital solutions to overcome a range of business challenges. In attendance were small businesses, academics and large companies spanning a range of sectors, including automotive, motorsport, marine, digital health and aerospace.

Chris White, MP for Warwick and Leamington, gave the keynote address, speaking passionately about why adopting the techniques and philosophies of ‘Industry 4.0’ are vital to our economy, output and competitiveness, both as a nation and as a region.

Mon 27 Feb 2017, 14:08 | Tags: SME

Lean Six Sigma Assessment - avaliable now

 Onur ErenThe WMG SME Team is offering FREE Lean Six Sigma Assessments to assist SME manufacturing businesses seeking to improve their processes, for better efficiency and productivity gains.

Onur Eren, Technology Transfer Engineer and qualified Lean Six Sigma practitioner, at WMG, is leading the project which will help businesses evaluate their current operations and receive ideas on how they can transform current processes for the better.

The first stages of the project usually involve collecting data and gaining a better understanding of specific business issues, prior to applying a range of technologies and methodologies to develop and implement the necessary solutions.

Projects are being allocated on a first come-first served basis, email to register your interest in receiving a free Six Sigma assessment.

Fri 30 Sep 2016, 11:56 | Tags: SME Business Transformation Education Public engagement

Food for thought with WMG's SME Group

WMG’s SME Group is giving food for thought, with two exciting events scheduled for next week.

Internet of Things (IoT) Midlands

On Tuesday 12 July, the 12th Internet of Things (IoT) Midlands UK event will take place. The theme for this event is Data and Security. There’ll be an opportunity to network with the SME team and other delegates, as well as hear from key speakers including: Steve Robbin, MD of Kairos CyberTec Ltd; Hugh Boyes Principal Fellow at WMG’s Cyber Security Centre, and Craig Heath, Working Group Chair IoT Security Foundation.

To register visit:

Mon 11 Jul 2016, 10:16 | Tags: SME Cyber Security Centre WMG Academy

MAN Group Builds Midlands’ Business Leaders Through Pioneering New Programme With WMG

iblSix senior managers from the UK’s Midlands Assembly Network (MAN) are among the first to complete a new Innovation Business Leadership (IBL) postgraduate programme at WMG, University of Warwick designed to create new Midlands’s business leaders who can bring significant benefits to their businesses.

Fri 25 Sep 2015, 10:22 | Tags: SME Professional and Executive Programmes

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