Waleed Shaikh, Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate at Instinct Hardware, has won the Management KTP Prize at this year’s competition at Aston University.

The event was attended by over 200 senior delegates from Aston University and highlights outstanding performance within Aston University’s KTP scheme. To win, entrants had to showcase project excellence, through a detailed poster as well as a verbal presentation. 

The 2-year KTP project has been undertaken to both digitalize and improve green credentials at Instinct’s sprawling 68,000sqft factory in the heart of Birmingham. The project involves deep diving into current procedures and practices, then implementing systems to maximise efficiency.

This is achieved through a three-way collaboration between the business, an academic partner and a highly-qualified researcher (KTP Associate). Results suggest that the scheme provides an ROI of over 1100%. 

Waleed comments “It is an honour to be recognised for the work I’m doing on behalf of Instinct and Aston University. The project is a huge undertaking as it involves a deep understanding of the business needs, then putting in place relevant systems to overcome challenges.

We’re aiming to improve operational efficiency by 15% and to provide real-time updates and lead times based on solid data. To have this work celebrated by my mentors and colleagues has made me extremely proud.” 

Nil Chohan, Technical and Business Development Director at Instinct adds “Waleed is a real asset to our team here and has been thorough in reviewing the needs of our business.

I am not surprised he has been recognised for his hard work and determination – but it’s well deserved. We’re already seeing positive change from the KTP project and I am sure this will continue long into the future.”

Instinct Hardware