Hallam supports firm to exploit new export market

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Sheffield Hallam has collaborated with a local firm to develop new small horseboxes and trailers with habitation for the North American market.

Equi-Trek, based in Stockbridge, has grown to be the largest horsebox and trailer manufacturer in the UK. Until now, there has been almost no European vehicle manufacturer presence in the North American market.

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) has enabled Equi-Trek to enhance all aspects of their new product development processes.

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Tom Janion, MD of Equi-Trek said: “The KTP was a great success for which we are already reaping the benefits. The project has helped Equi-Trek to enter new horseboxes into diverse markets, establishing long term benefits to the business and increasing market shares both domestically and overseas.”

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Anthony Jones, principal industrial designer at Design Futures and academic supervisor for the KTP said: “The KTP was a fantastic experience, a great way for academic staff to interact with companies, to develop their knowledge of different sectors to further understand current industry practice. This successful KTP has reinforced the role that the University has in the region’s manufacturing and wider business community, and contributes to the University strategy, specifically our ‘Leading locally and engaging globally’ initiative.”

Professor Paul Chamberlain, Director Lab4Living and academic lead for the KTP said “The project contributes to the University’s focus on ‘local and global’ and exemplifies and supports the institution’s strategy and ambition to establish itself as the leading applied University.”

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