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Dncc sustainability forum 24 th january 2013 lynn oxborrow

DNCC Sustainability Forum

24th January 2013

Lynn Oxborrow


Dncc sustainability forum 24 th january 2013 lynn oxborrow

  • WHAT IS FUTURE FACTORY?

  • ERDF supported project established in 2009

  • … now extended until 2015 with a total budget of £4 million

  • Collaboration between NTU schools: CADBE, NBS and others

  • Objective to assist East Midlands SMEs to adopt more efficient and sustainable ways of doing business:

  • Through…. sustainable product and process design, supply chain & logistics, packaging, energy consumption, marketing, training…..


Dncc sustainability forum 24 th january 2013 lynn oxborrow

  • WHAT WE OFFER:

  • ASSISTANCE (2 days engagement with SMEs)

  • Workshops, events and expert panels with internationally renowned speakers

  • Business needs analysis & future scenarios

  • Research assistant support

  • COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS (min 2 days)

  • Short customised projects, research & analysis, product development & testing

  • Access to specialist resources & technology

  • Heavily subsidised expert consultancy, recommendations & objectives

  • GRADUATE PLACEMENTS

  • Subsidised employment of recent graduate

  • ‘Live’ student consultancy projects


Dncc sustainability forum 24 th january 2013 lynn oxborrow

  • WHAT WE OFFER:

  • AND MORE….

  • Networking with like-minded people

  • Expert guidance and 1-2-1 ideas generation

  • Information and inspiration

  • Library, website and social media

  • Showcasing and PR opportunities

  • Signposting to further support….



Dncc sustainability forum 24 th january 2013 lynn oxborrow

Sustainability in the Supply Chain Conference: Speedo & Puma, 2012

  • Video highlights: ttp://www.ntu.ac.uk/future_factory/events/past_events/index.html


Dncc sustainability forum 24 th january 2013 lynn oxborrow

materiO, Paris,

Dec 2012


Expert panels
Expert panels

  • Furniture & interiors panel, Nov 2011


Dncc sustainability forum 24 th january 2013 lynn oxborrow

Afternoon Tea with Future Factory:

A Project Showcase event

9 June 2011

Newton Arkwright Courtyard, Old Chemistry Lab, & Arkwright Building



Dncc sustainability forum 24 th january 2013 lynn oxborrow

NKONO – BBQ man

  • Support through workshops and expert panel

  • 1-2-1: testing of product; forecasting, business model, branding

  • Cameroonian food product and outlet

Trent Upholstery

  • CAD/CAM access for sustainable sofa design

  • Materials and prototyping

  • Marketing strategy for new product


Dncc sustainability forum 24 th january 2013 lynn oxborrow

  • Co-op Product

  • Developed Portal to share re-use/ recycling ideas

  • Networking launch with SMEs, staff and students

  • 6000 visitors - week 1

  • Nottingham Playhouse

  • Thermal imaging of energy hotspots in listed building

  • Recommendations for energy efficiency and cost savings

  • First improvements currently in progress



Hugh frost designs
Hugh Frost Designs

  • Initial support to recruit a product design graduate…

  • …. who developed new product as well as business plan for its roll out

  • …. which led to business award entries and prizes, including free office space and consultancy, as well as investment pitch opportunities

  • HF Designs are predicting substantial business and sustainability benefits as a result of this intervention.


Carbon reduction action plan group student project
Carbon Reduction Action Plan: Group student project

  • 2010 = 21.09 CO2 Tonnes

  • 2011 = 13.27 CO2 Tonnes

  • 7.82 CO2 Tonnes reduced in one year

  • = 27% reduction

Notable Outcomes

Students identified a supplier of a coal that could potentially save Memsaab 30% of energy CO2 emissions equating to:

10tonnes of CO2


What to do next
What to do next?

  • Contact the Future Factory team:

  • www.ntu.ac.uk/futurefactory

  • New 2013 events calendar coming up in next few weeks

  • Case studies

  • News items

  • Follow us on https://www.facebook.com/FutureFactoryNTU and @futurefactNTU

  • Email: futurefactory@ntu.ac.uk

  • Tel: Angela Scott, project co-ordinator, on 0115 8488675