A North-East company is receiving help to improve its design process and efficiency through a partnership with Teesside University.
Manufacturing firm NYMAS is receiving support thanks to Innovate Tees Valley, a major business innovation initiative led by the university.
The manufacturers of bathroom and toilet equipment for the elderly are working with the schools of Science and Engineering; and Design, Culture and the Arts at Teesside University.
Through Knowledge Exchange Internships (KSIs), the company will receive help and support in streamlining its systems as well as developing new design processes.
Part of the funding for the Innovate Tees Valley scheme comes from the European Regional Development Fund.
As a result of the scheme, two graduates from Teesside University have been working with the company to help improve certain aspects.
Graduates with the right level of understanding
Dr Thanos Klonis, a manufacturing management graduate from Teesside, is looking at how NYMAS can implement Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software into its business operations – this will help the company find ways to be more efficient and improve automation.
Lawrence Stratton, a BA (Hons) Product Design graduate, is also working at the company and is helping design and develop a whole host of new products.
The university entered into the partnership to ensure that graduates leave with the right level of skills and also understand how they can be implemented in a real-world environment.
Dr Ruben Pinedo-Cuenca, Business Innovation Manager in the School of Science and Engineering, said: “It’s great to work with a company like NYMAS which is willing to explore new ways of doing things and wants to use the University to fill the gaps in its knowledge.”
The experience and knowledge that the university takes from working with local businesses is used to help new students and bridge the gap between studying and employment.
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