Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Firm Reaps Benefit of University Partnership

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Firm Reaps Benefit of University Partnership

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BILLINGHAM-BASED NYMAS is being helped to become more efficient and improve its design processes thanks to a partnership with Teesside University.

NYMAS manufactures bathroom and toilet equipment for elderly and disabled people for customers including care homes, hospitals and the hospitality industry.

NYMAS is working with the University's Schools of Science & Engineering and Design, Culture & the Arts on two Knowledge Exchange Internships (KEIs) which will research ways in which the company can streamline its systems and processes as well as developing new product designs and implementing new design processes.

The KEIs are part-funded by the innovation exchange strand of Innovate Tees Valley, the innovation super-network delivered in partnership with NEPIC, Materials Processing Institute (MPI), DigitalCity and Teesside University. Its aim is to help Tees Valley SMEs achieve growth through service and product innovation. Innovate Tees Valley is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Two Teesside graduates have been working with NYMAS as part of the KEIs.

Dr Thanos Klonis completed his PhD in manufacturing management at Teesside in 2008, and is looking at how NYMAS can implement Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software into its business operations.

NYMAS The project will help the company manage its data across all of its operations and investigate ways in which it can operate more efficiently and improve automation.

In addition, Lawrence Stratton, a BA (Hons) Product Design graduate, is working with the company on developing a range of new product designs and improving its design processes.

Dr Ruben Pinedo-Cuenca, Business Innovation Manager in the School of Science & Engineering, is supervising Dr Klonis' project. He 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.

"This KEI will help embed a new culture of greater efficiency within the company and will be of enormous benefit. …

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