EVERY year Innovate UK recognises the work of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) across the country. One such KTP is a collaboration between the University of Huddersfield and Pendle Polymer Engineering, which has received the ‘Outstanding’ award.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are part-funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK. The KTP programme is part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and aims to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. 

Building on the success of this Outstanding KTP, which enabled Pendle Polymer Engineering to develop new products and markets and an enhanced consultancy offer to other manufacturers, the partnership is embarking on a new project to further maximise impact.

“The KTP programme is a strategic focus for the University of Huddersfield, and it is fantastic news that Innovate UK has recognised this KTP by awarding it as outstanding, the highest possible grade. We look forward to seeing our relationship with Pendle Polymer Engineering continue to go from strength to strength,” said Laura Forester-Green, the University’s KTP Manager. 

“We are keen to build on our KTP legacy with the University of Huddersfield and welcome the upcoming recruitment of a new KTP Associate to develop our collaboration with the School of Computing and Engineering. This will enable us to deepen our understanding of the underlying physics of elastomeric components, resulting in advanced product design and the development of new products,” said Thomas Aspin, Engineering Manager, at Pendle Polymer Engineering.


This new KTP will again be academically led by Professor John Allport. Professor Allport commented, “It is an exciting development to be at the early stages of a new project with Pendle Polymer Engineering, building on the legacy of innovation embedded thus far. Using the expertise and experience available at the University to increase the understanding of elastomeric material behaviour within design processes at Pendle Polymer Engineering will enhance their product range and make a real impact on the industry. This is the prime objective of the KTP programme and has been clearly demonstrated through the benefits realised from the initial collaboration.”

As a testament to the impact of the previous project, the KTP Associate has since been employed by Pendle Polymer Engineering, demonstrating the overall success.

Details of the new KTP Associate position (Vibration Control Engineer) can be found here: http://hud.ac/l9i. interested candidates have until 30 May to apply.





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