Institute for Manufacturing
By bringing together expertise in management, technology and policy, the IfM addresses the full spectrum of issues which can help industry and governments create sustainable economic growth. It does this through:
Research into three key areas which together provide a unique perspective on the challenges facing manufacturers of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals:
- Management: research themes include developing sustainable industrial practice, capturing value from innovation, optimising global operations networks and moving from product to service-based models. The IfM is an international centre of excellence for roadmapping, a powerful technique for aligning business and technology objectives.
- Technology: research into inkjet and laser-based manufacturing process technologies, carbon nanomaterials, advanced information systems and automated identification technologies, all with a wide range of industrial applications.
- Policy: applied research into programmes, processes and practices for translating publicly-funded R&D (in particular science and engineering research) into new technologies, industries and economic wealth.
Education: providing the next generation of manufacturing leaders with a thorough grounding in management and manufacturing technology, based on real industrial experience.
Practice: communicating and applying IfM research to help organisations achieve their strategic goals.
The IfM is situated in the Alan Reece Building, a purpose-built building on the university’s West Cambridge site, which was opened in November 2009.