Integrated System Technologies Ltd

KTP with ISTKTP provides a guiding light for IST

Integrated System Technologies Ltd (IST) is an international product design and manufacturing company specialising in energy efficient LED lighting products. It is renowned for its technically innovative, high performance products targeting commercial, residential and industrial markets.


After a sustained period of rapid growth, the company identified a need to establish new robust product development procedures. This was to enable it to focus its product development efforts to greater effect where it offered true strategic impact. The company wanted to integrate the latest CAD methods such as 3D parametric modelling and thermal finite element analysis.


James Pryde, a recent graduate in Mechanical Engineering, was recruited by the University of Wolverhampton as KTP Associate, working as Product Development Engineer for IST.


  • 200% growth in company turnover
  • Associate embedded new systems within the company to take concepts through to production covering justification, design, thermal analysis, lighting effect analysis, manufacture and testing
  • The implementation of CAD software helped the company develop new products quickly and efficiently, opening up new marketing opportunities
  • Associate attended conferences in Japan and California to deliver technical papers and reports on innovations in design and testing associated with LED product development.

In their words

Dr Geoff Archenhold, Company Director

"The KTP was very rewarding as it allowed optimised new product development processes to be embedded improving productivity, time to market and design practice innovation. Strong academic links were invaluable to bring new ideas and processes into the company resulting in near double company turnover since the project start."

James Pryde, KTP Associate

"Experience balancing economic pressures, user requirements and company constraints in commercial product development was extremely valuable. I saw first-hand the key role it plays in commercial strategy and developed project management skills incorporating budgeting, team work and self-discipline within a very fulfilling position."

Jon Rackley, Lead Academic

"James embedded a new product development system that reduced time to market by more than 6 months and introduced new capabilities such as electronic, mechanical and optical design. The University learnt a great deal from their integration in an envionment with no previous analysis systems and saw work presented at a number of international conferences and publications."