Cranfield University and Hethel Innovation have today announced a collaboration, the first stage of which will see leading Cranfield academics delivering a series of seminars and workshops to Hethel’s partners. The events will cover a range of topics from additive manufacturing, futuristic transport and financial advice for SME’s.

Hethel Innovation helps organisations to embrace innovation, to increase their productivity, commercialisation, and competitiveness. Through incubating start-ups, supporting the development of new products, brands, services and business models, we support growth and mastermind change.

Announcing the collaboration Professor Rajkumar Roy, Director of Manufacturing at Cranfield University, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Hethel Innovation and are looking forward to working closely with them. Hethel have a strong track record of helping foster innovation among SMEs and we are looking forward to demonstrating how the latest technology can be used to enhance their businesses.”

Alice Reeve, Innovation Manager at Hethel Innovation, said: “Partnering with key knowledge hubs is vital to creating an open and innovative environment for the businesses we work with. Cranfield are doing some amazing research which can be so readily applied within our local SMEs and we excited to start creating those opportunities.”

The first event in the series took take place at West Suffolk College on the 15th February where Dr Filomena Martina presented the benefits of additive manufacturing processes.

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About Hethel Innovation

Hethel Innovation helps organisations to embrace innovation, to increase their productivity, commercialisation, and competitiveness. We incubate start-ups and help organisations to grow; Challenging convention, engineering solutions, and masterminding change.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

Manufacturing at Cranfield

We provide world-class and niche research, education, training and consultancy in manufacturing and play a key role in ensuring that the UK remains at the cutting edge of manufacturing research.

We are unique in our multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together design, technology and management insight. We are a driving force for both the rapid growth of established areas of manufacturing expertise and the development of new research areas.

Research partnerships are undertaken with more than 500 organisations of all sizes and disciplines and industry advisory panels ensure our graduates move seamlessly from the academic world into the world of work and provide skills the sector needs.

Our world-class facilities include the Ultra Precision Machining Laboratory, which houses a range of ultra-precision diamond turning machines and is the UK's national facility for large x-ray optics manufacture.