Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) - IHE Stainless Ltd

Company background

IHE Stainless Ltd is a small metal fabrication company that manufactures different types of industrial furniture and components made of stainless steel and mild steel for a range of industries.

IHE Stainless logo

Over the course of many years, the company has been producing bespoke furniture resulting in a slow growth and difficulties in sales.

Therefore, the company is looking to change its role and to sell and manufacture its own products.

KTP Associate

Juan Fuente Gonzalez - Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management.

Project aim

This is a new product development project that combines three disciplines:

  • marketing
  • product design
  • manufacturing

This project is a partnership between Strathclyde's Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management and the Department of Marketing and includes:

  • market research
  • product development
  • manufacturing management
  • market strategy
  • brand development
  • commercialisation planning
  • product planning

The aim of the project is to identify a market opportunity for architectural furniture and to design a family of products for that market all with the purpose of launching and commercialising the products by the end of the project.

Render of new radiator cover design

Benefits to company

These include:

  • the opportunity to enter a new market and focus on manufacturing their own products
  • the ability to introduce and implement new manufacturing processes and strategies
  • it will have a brand refreshment including a new web page and promotional material
  • potential profit made from sales of the products
  • the addition of new products to its portfolio
  • expansion of company capabilities

Benefits to associate

These include:

  • a unique opportunity to get involved in the development of a product from start to finish
  • involvement in every stage of the project and the responsibility for managing every area of the project
  • gaining new skill sets in a real world context and having the chance to develop a commercial product