Research & Innovation Services

Newly Awarded KTP with Ben Whistler

The University has been awarded a new KTP with Ben Whistler Ltd, producers of high quality custom and bespoke furniture. The partnership will develop next generation, innovative digital design tools to enable mass production of bespoke craft-made furniture.

The intensive design and production knowledge required for bespoke furniture production is restricting Ben Whistler's opportunity to grow into larger overseas markets.

Applying technological knowledge and expertise, the KTP, led by Professor Stephen Newman, Department of Mechanical Engineering, will assist Ben Whistler to upscale production and reduce lead times whilst maintaining the offer of bespoke specification.

Professor Newman says: “The Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Systems team in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are keen to apply our research on CAD/CAM for mass customisation and personalisation to the furniture industry and are delighted and excited to be working with Ben Whistler on this KTP”.

Matthew Lewis, Director of Ben Whistler Ltd, says: "It is clear that Digital Design and Manufacturing Technology, which has become commonplace in volume furniture manufacture now has the opportunity to be adopted for bespoke furniture making. We are very pleased to be working with Bath on this project which will give us significant advantage over our competitors”. 

For further information on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships please contact:
Clive Bailey, Business Development Manager.