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Rethinking Product Design for Low Carbon Manufacturing

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Hear about how NTU can support businesses with the manufacture of products fit for a low-carbon economy.

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About this event:

There are many interlinked approaches to manufacture products fit for a low-carbon economy. Rethinking product design can lead to significant carbon emission reduction, but can’t be viewed in isolation from processes, the overall value chain for creation, use and end-of-product life, as well as the management and use of waste streams.

This forum provides insight to what manufacturers or product-based businesses are doing to reduce the environmental impact of their product – taking into account all these strategies. and how Universities are working with industry to support that process. There will be time for Q&A with panellists during the event.

Chaired by Charlotte Horobin – Make UK Region Director, Midlands & East of England


Professor Peter Ford – Associate Dean for Practice, NTU School of Art & Design- A product designer’s perspective on reducing waste associated with products

Dan Simmons – Founder & Director of Quensus Ltd- A walk through the Quensus redesign of their LeakNet product to reduce its carbon impact

Christopher Nieper OBE – CEO at David Nieper Ltd- How David Nieper are taking carbon out of the catwalk, with sustainable British manufacturing practices that make commercial sense.

Speaker bios:

Charlotte Horobin

Charlotte’s role as Region Director is to engage manufacturers and assist them in advancing their business by providing bespoke introductions, providing industry insight, attendance at events & networking, promoting their business and ensuring their views are heard.

Professor Peter Ford

Peter Ford joined Nottingham Trent University in September 2018 as Professor of Design where he heads the Design Matter group, a product design and research group investigating approaches to New Product Development. Professor Ford’s research largely centres on working with SMEs to make effective use of design within their New Product Development strategies. In recent years, with increasing focus on redesigning products to reduce associated waste.

Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons is passionate about water conservation and water efficiency. Concerned about how much water is wasted in the form of leaks and burst pipes (up to 60% of all water worldwide), he created Quensus – a smart water metering product. Quensus empower customers to self-manage their water consumption behaviour through real-time dashboards, budgeting, and leak notifications.

Christopher Nieper OBE

Managing Director, Christopher Nieper, joined the David Nieper family business in 1986 and witnessed the British fashion industry’s huge migration of manufacturing to offshore production. Choosing to go against this trend and remaining steadfast to the company’s commitment to ‘Made in Britain’, Christopher pioneered the company’s investment in marketing, new manufacturing, infrastructure and skills, and is now one of Alfreton’s largest employers. This year, David Nieper became the first Derbyshire company ever to win a coveted Queen’s Award for sustainability in recognition of their sustainable design and manufacture of women’s clothing. The company uses renewable energy to power their factories, mainly natural fibres to create their products and send zero waste to landfill. Having recently launched a new fashion labelling system, David Nieper are now seeking to drive change in Britain’s awful textile carbon footprint.

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