NYMAS, which is based in Billingham, manufactures bathroom and toilet equipment for elderly and disabled people for customers including care homes, hospitals and the hospitality industry.
Thanks to Innovate Tees Valley, a major business innovation initiative, 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 NYMAS can streamline its systems and processes as well as developing new product designs and implementing new design processes.
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.
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.
We are seeing a lot more multi-generational homes because of the increased drive to care for elderly and disabled persons in their own home. This all means that there is an increased need for non-institutional, inclusive design washroom facilities.
To meet the growing demands of this market we need to function as efficiently as we can and we need our product to be more than purely functional but also have a quality design aesthetic.
Working with Teesside University and Thanos and Lawrence is helping us to achieve this and we’re looking forward to the benefits it will bring.
The experience and knowledge that we glean from working on KEI projects is passed back to our students and at the same time we’re able to help companies like NYMAS grow and flourish.
This project is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government, securing £300m investment.
The project will make a major contribution to the ambition of the ERDF Competitive Programme 2007-13 and by increasing the numbers and survival of business start ups in the region and increasing business productivity.