UK's post-Brexit economy hinges on SME innovation

Tuesday 18 July 2017

The decisions that the UK Government makes in response to Brexit could either add billions to the nation’s economy or risk decimating the country’s more than 264,000 manufacturing SMEs.

Boosting innovation through SME-university collaborations

Thursday 6 July 2017

Dr Nicky Athanassopoulou discusses the key enablers and barriers to improving interfaces between universities and SMEs that boost innovation in the latest edition of The Manufacturer.

Roadmapping UK physics future

Wednesday 7 June 2017

The UK’s Institute of Physics has engaged the roadmapping expertise of IfM ECS to support IOP Members to deliver transformational changes for society.

The Next Production Revolution

Tuesday 30 May 2017

The IfM has contributed to a recently published OECD book Next Production Revolution: Implications for Governments and Business. 

IfM Briefing Day 2017: The next production revolution

Friday 19 May 2017

On Thursday 11th May, over 100 delegates from across industry, government and academia gathered at the IfM in Cambridge to consider the implications of the next production revolution.

Transforming supply chains through digitalisation

Wednesday 19 April 2017

Dr Jag Srai discusses how companies can take practical steps toward the digitalisation of their operations and supply chains in the latest issue of The Manufacturer.

Guiding industrial diversification in Trinidad and Tobago

Wednesday 22 March 2017

IfM ECS's Policy Links team has been working with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to develop a strategic roadmap for productive development policy in Trinidad and Tobago.

Strategic roadmapping - take control in times of uncertainty

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Dr Imoh Ilevbare, Product Manager (Innovation and Technology Management) at IfM Education and Consultancy Services, provides some insights into staying on the front-foot in a complex and rapidly-shifting political and technological landscape.

The importance of standards in a digital world

Thursday 8 December 2016

IfM has just published a report, commissioned by BSI (British Standards Institute), which looks at the challenges for UK manufacturers of ‘going digital’ – and how standards and good practice can help the UK benefit from the digital revolution.

Rolls-Royce Director of Manufacturing, Dr Hamid Mughal gives inspiring talk at the IfM

Thursday 6 October 2016

Dr Hamid Mughal, Director of Manufacturing at Rolls-Royce, visited the IfM this week to share his thoughts on UK manufacturing.

IfM Head, Andy Neely awarded Institution of Engineering and Technology Achievement Medal for Manufacturing

Monday 19 September 2016

Professor Andy Neely, Head of the Institute of Manufacturing and Founding Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance, has been awarded an Achievement Medal for Manufacturing.

IfM ECS workshop brings academia and industry together to define bulk superconductivity research strategy

Tuesday 19 July 2016

A roadmapping workshop facilitated by IfM ECS brought academics and industrialists together to develop an industrially-relevant strategy for bulk superconductivity research.

Autumn courses, conferences and events - What's new at the IfM - July

Thursday 14 July 2016

September is just around the corner – and at the IfM this marks the start of a busy season packed with courses, conferences and events for our industrial and academic delegates.

IfM hosts biggest ever R&D Management Conference

Thursday 14 July 2016

The annual R&D Management Conference was held in Cambridge between 3 and 6 July, with more than 450 delegates from 30 countries.

Bridging the gap - How to create business tools and processes that really work

Tuesday 17 May 2016

Dr Imoh Ilevbare, Product Manager for IfM Education and Consultancy Services, describes the IfM’s approach to developing business tools and processes from cutting-edge research.

Roadmapping at BASF

Friday 8 April 2016

How BASF’s experiences are shared by many of the companies taking part in a research project run by the IfM’s Strategic Technology and Innovation Management Consortium.

Manufacturing leaders

Friday 1 April 2016

Roger Connor is President, Global Manufacturing & Supply at GSK. He met Judith Shawcross, Head of Professional and Executive Development at the IfM, to talk about the time he spent in Cambridge on the Manufacturing Leaders’ Programme (MLP) – and how it remains relevant to the challenges he faces today.

Colour Marketing Services: increased profits and future orders for specialist colour cards firm

Monday 21 March 2016

IfM ECS has recently worked with Colour Marketing Services, a manufacturer of colour systems and samples.

Making It - Advanced Manufacturing in the Liverpool City Region to 2020

Wednesday 17 February 2016

The Liverpool City Region (LCR) has a vision to become a global manufacturing hotspot with the smartest networks, talent, technology and investment.

Manufacturing your future - High value manufacturing at the Alconbury Enterprise Campus

Thursday 11 February 2016

The new Alconbury Enterprise Campus in Cambridgeshire needed a clear vision to develop the economic potential of the exciting new facility. It required a better understanding of the sector strengths of the region, and to identify any gaps that could be used to inform decisions on training provision for its technical and vocational training centre.

Developing successful people, capabilities and businesses

Tuesday 22 December 2015

Judith Shawcross, Head of Professional and Executive Development at the IfM, explains why manufacturing and technology companies need scientists, engineers and technologists who can operate at a strategic business level, work across functional divides and integrate their technical knowledge into business planning.

PrISMS programme publishes preliminary results of its work with UK SMEs

Thursday 3 December 2015

The preliminary results of IfM Education and Consultancy Services’ (IfM ECS) three-year work helping SMEs through the PrISMS programme have just been released. 

Open Innovation Food and FMCG Pitching Event winners announced

Wednesday 25 November 2015

On Tuesday 17 November, 18 innovators pitched their new ideas for food-related products and services to members of the Open Innovation Forum – a group of senior executives from major food and FMCG firms, such as Mars, Unilever, General Mills, Tate & Lyle, Tesco and Crown Packaging.

IfM ECS helps create roadmap to boost European manufacturing through ICT research

Wednesday 25 November 2015

IfM Education and Consultancy Services has helped EU-funded project Road4FAME to create a roadmap to align future information and communication technology research with the needs of European manufacturing businesses.

IfM ECS helps to unlock huge opportunities for specialist metals fabricator Stainless Metalcraft

Monday 9 November 2015

Stainless Metalcraft is a high specification fabrication and machining company planning to triple its turnover helped by expert facilitation from IfM ECS through the Civil Nuclear Sharing in Growth programme.

50 years of manufacturing at Cambridge

Monday 26 October 2015

2015 is an important year for the IfM. This October sees the 50th annual intake of students on its MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management. This was a pioneering course when it was first conceived and its twenty-first century graduates are more sought after than ever. October 2015 is also when Professor Sir Mike Gregory retires after 20 years leading manufacturing research, education and practice at the University of Cambridge and we welcome his successor, Professor Andy Neely.

Supporting sustainable growth in the East of England

Monday 19 October 2015

A three-year project has significantly enhanced the growth prospects of 120 manufacturing SMEs across the Eastern Region, leading to the creation of approximately 140 new jobs and safeguarding many more.

Technology roadmap for the UK marine industries

Wednesday 14 October 2015

IfM ECS has delivered a roadmapping project for the UK’s marine industries on behalf of Innovate UK. 

Polish scientists learn about innovation and technology management at the IfM

Friday 18 September 2015

75 Polish scientists have spent their summer in Cambridge, learning how to manage collaborative research projects and bring high-technology products to market. 

Happy Academy: children's greetings cards that nurture positive emotions

Tuesday 30 June 2015

Happy Academy is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.

News and updates for the SME community

Wednesday 24 June 2015

The latest edition of the SMe-bulletin contains information on a 'Make it Here' event, two new case studies, and reports on recent events.

IfM ECS helps identify priorities for manufacturing research in Europe

Friday 12 June 2015

IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) is taking part in a project to advise the European Commission on priorities for research to help boost manufacturing productivity and competitiveness across Europe. 

Ecotile: boosting growth through innovation and efficiency

Monday 1 June 2015

Ecotile is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.

Good things come in smart packaging: an IfM ECS/Lloyds Bank thought leadership event

Thursday 21 May 2015

Industry experts and researchers shared their insights on smart packaging and its applications in the food and drink industry in a thought leadership event held at the IfM.

IfM Briefing Day 2015

Friday 15 May 2015

On 14 May, the IfM held its annual Briefing Day – attended by more than 150 senior industrialists and policymakers who heard about the IfM’s latest research and the work it is doing with industry and government.

News for the SME community

Thursday 14 May 2015

The latest edition of the SMe-bulletin contains a new case study, information on recent events and an upcoming thought leadership event on smart packaging.

Newton Commercial: in the driving seat in the classic car market

Tuesday 5 May 2015

Newton Commercial is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.

Milbank Concrete Products: cementing its growth through innovation

Monday 9 March 2015

Milbank Concrete Products is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.

Quantum technologies roadmap

Sunday 1 March 2015

Quantum technology has been identified by the UK Government as having the potential to deliver significant benefits to the UK economy.

News and views for the SME community

Monday 23 February 2015

The latest edition of the SMe-bulletin has just been published and it contains a new case study, information on recent events and upcoming courses  and opportunities for companies to engage with the IfM.

Harlow Group: sustainability at the heart of expansion for precision metal manufacturer

Wednesday 18 February 2015

Harlow Group is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.

IfM ECS launches Manufacturing Growth Series for SMEs and mid-sized firms

Thursday 22 January 2015

IfM ECS has held the inaugural event in its Manufacturing Growth Series aimed at senior leaders in SMEs and mid-sized manufacturing companies.

Indian High Commissioner HE Mr Rajan Mathai visits the IfM

Tuesday 16 December 2014

The Institute for Manufacturing recently welcomed His Excellency Mr Ranjan Mathai, High Commissioner of India to the UK to give an address in the Babbage Lecture Series. 

Company recycling coffee into biofuel wins Innovation pitching event

Monday 15 December 2014

The 3rd Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event, held on 19 November at Food Matters Live in London, saw some very innovative ideas presented.

Molecular Dimensions: doubling the laboratory capacity for protein crystallography specialists

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Molecular Dimensions is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.

IfM discusses opportunities to cooperate with Japan on developing high value manufacturing

Tuesday 7 October 2014

The Institute for Manufacturing took part in a workshop aimed at building closer links between industrialists, officials and academics involved with manufacturing in the UK and Japan.

Photofabrication: photochemical specialist firm achieves sustainable energy savings

Monday 6 October 2014

Photofabrication is one of around 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.

IfM ECS - supporting industry and government in achieving sustainable, long-term growth

Wednesday 1 October 2014

The Institute for Manufacturing’s dissemination arm, IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS), has issued two new documents which show some of the key services it can provide for industry and government.

New head of SME support team for ECS

Thursday 25 September 2014

Dr Karen Smith has joined IfM Education and Consultancy Services to lead its work helping SMEs to develop and grow their businesses.

UK-India Manufacturing Policy Roundtable summary report now available

Tuesday 22 July 2014

The UK-India Manufacturing Policy Roundtable, organised by the IfM and UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN), was held in April in New Delhi, India.

IfM ECS works with Yucatan government on its industrial development strategy

Monday 21 July 2014

IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) is helping the government of the state of Yucatan, Mexico develop their industrial strategy.

Open Innovation Forum hosted by Mars at 'The Biggest Chocolate Factory in the World'

Tuesday 8 July 2014

More than 30 innovation leaders from major companies were hosted by Mars in Veghel, Netherlands for the June 2014 meeting of the Open Innovation Forum in the Food and FMCG Value Chain.

NASA executive with US energy and aerospace sector expertise joins ECS

Monday 30 June 2014

John Saiz, a NASA executive and formerly Chief Technology Officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, has joined IfM Education and Consultancy Services. 

Minister visits IfM to meet manufacturing firms benefitting from the PrISMS programme

Tuesday 29 April 2014

A Government Minister visited the IfM today (Tuesday 29 April) to meet some of the 100 firms currently benefitting from a programme to create and safeguard jobs across the East of England.

New report on the latest trends in the globalisation of manufacturing

Monday 14 April 2014

Capturing value from global networks, published on April 14 by the IfM, describes a set of approaches developed by IfM researchers and put into practice with a range of leading manufacturers to help them effectively design and manage their global networks.

Unlocking the potential of IT architectures and services for manufacturing in Europe

Tuesday 17 December 2013

IfM ECS will play a key role in Road4FAME, a project that aims to unlock the innovation potential of IT architectures and services for the manufacturing industry across Europe.

'Making It' happen for manufacturing in the future in the Liverpool city region

Monday 9 December 2013

The future for manufacturing in the Liverpool area has been examined in a study by IfM Education and Consultancy Services for the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and its partners.

The importance of open innovation in the FMCG sector

Friday 1 November 2013

In a sector characterised by the need to reduce time to market and find new ideas to generate new products, firms are constantly searching for ideas and innovations that will give them a competitive edge. Open innovation can facilitate this process.

Innovators present bright ideas to world-leading firms at pitching event

Monday 28 October 2013

Eighteen innovators presented their ideas when the Open Innovation Forum held its second pitching event.

Mars and University of Cambridge Collaborate in Pursuit of Global Food Security

Tuesday 8 October 2013

Mars, Incorporated and the University of Cambridge today announced an agreement to build on their existing collaboration in order to further scientific research in the field of food security.

Scaling the heights for charity

Wednesday 14 August 2013

Dominic Oughton, Principal Industrial Fellow at ECS, will climb the equivalent of a vertical mile of rock - solo and un-roped - in 24 hours for charity.

Programme for growth and sustainability in the East of England helps 47 local firms improve their business

Thursday 25 July 2013

A year after its launch, the PrISMS programme has already helped 47 companies in the East of England develop their business.

Research from University of Cambridge helping Welsh companies improve their business

Tuesday 23 July 2013

The knowledge transfer arm of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing has launched a campaign to help small and medium-sized manufacturers based in Wales reach their innovation, growth and business improvement goals.

Innovators invited to pitch their ideas to some of the world's leading companies

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Following the success of the first Open Innovation Forum pitching event, a new pitching event has been announced for Monday 14 October at Colworth Science Park in Bedfordshire.

New technology for improving food safety wins first Open Innovation Forum Pitching Event

Thursday 14 March 2013

The Open Innovation Forum held its first Pitching Event this week at the Hauser Forum in Cambridge, where 18 innovators presented their ideas to an audience of senior leaders and decision-makers from major companies.

New programme to create jobs in the East of England and help the environment

Tuesday 23 October 2012

A £2.25m business support programme for start-ups and small and medium-sized (SMEs) manufacturing companies is launched in Cambridge today.

Help for Essex manufacturing firms to boost performance and create new jobs

Tuesday 16 October 2012

A new programme of support for small, medium-sized (SME) and start-up manufacturing companies based in Essex.

Premiere conference on performance management attracts delegates from all over the globe

Friday 13 July 2012

Leading experts discussed the latest thinking in the field of performance management at an international conference in Cambridge this week that attracted 170 delegates from 40 countries

Defining the future of Australian rail travel - On Track to 2040

Tuesday 26 June 2012

Opportunities and priorities for the next 30 years of the Australian rail sector have been identified in a new report.

New programme of support launched to help small and medium manufacturers

Saturday 31 March 2012

IfM Education and Consultancy Services has launched a UK-wide programme of support for small and medium sized manufacturing businesses.

New agreement brings powerful approach to support smaller manufacturers in the North West

Thursday 29 March 2012

IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) Limited is pleased to announce the availability in the North West of a powerful approach to help smaller manufacturing businesses.

New programme of support launched to help small and medium manufacturers

Thursday 1 March 2012

IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) Limited, the IfM's dissemination arm, has launched a UK-wide programme of support for small and medium sized manufacturing businesses, following the success of recent projects in the Midlands and East of England.

Progressive future for UK manufacturing says new report

Thursday 23 February 2012

Future trends, challenges and opportunities for UK manufacturing have been identified in a new study by Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing.

Hi-tech firm praises business support programme

Monday 11 January 2010

A firm which makes hi-tech monitoring equipment has saved thousands of pounds and seen a long-running business problem solved – thanks to a free business support scheme developed by the IfM.

Low cost suppliers from China and India are not necessarily the answer IfM expert tells conference

Tuesday 22 April 2008

Many firms are failing to establish effective global production networks and rely too heavily on short-term outsourcing and offshoring to countries such as India and China.

New IfM guide warns that 'offshoring' and 'lean thinking' are not sufficient to guarantee futures of major manufacturers

Monday 3 December 2007

Many of the world's biggest manufacturing firms could be missing out on "breathtaking" benefits because their production networks are not designed to suit 21st century demands.

Venture Navigator goes live

Thursday 1 November 2007

The IfM is part of a UK consortium behind a new online service to help start-ups and small businesses improve their chance of success.

Manufacturing Planning and Control Group hold first event

Thursday 2 December 2004

The first event of the Manufacturing Planning and Control Group was held on Wednesday 24 November at Downing College in Cambridge.

New Industry Network on Manufacturing Planning and Control

Wednesday 20 October 2004

The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) is launching a new network called the Manufacturing Planning and Control Group.

Students and teachers visit IfM

Tuesday 6 July 2004

Over 20 year nine students from Chelmer Valley High School spent the day with the IfM.

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) Helps Thomas Swan to Make a £1m Cash Flow Saving

Tuesday 20 April 2004

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) Helps Thomas Swan to Make a £1m Cash Flow Saving.

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing Helps Sofa & Co to Meet Growth Challenges

Thursday 22 January 2004

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing and Sofa & Co work together to meet the challenges of a 50% increase in demand.

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing helps Michell Instruments to fund an increased investment in R&D

Monday 27 October 2003

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) has been working with local SME, Michell Instruments Ltd (Michell), to help them fund an increased investment in R&D.

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing teams up with Business Link and MAS East to deliver value to local companies

Wednesday 22 October 2003

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), Business Link for Cambridgeshire, and the Manufacturing Advisory Service in the East of England (MAS East) have launched a new service for small to medium sized companies in Cambridgeshire.

Institute for Manufacturing launches membership and support scheme for business

Wednesday 22 January 2003

Industrial fellows will provide tailored support programmes for manufacturers.

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