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Understanding the landscape: High value manufacturing strategies for the regions

22 May 2015

IfM ECS has been working with Swindon and Wiltshire LEP and the Liverpool City Region LEP to help them develop their own vision for high value manufacturing in their regions, and to do so in a way that supports national initiatives.

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

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.

Is big data still big news?

18 May 2015

People are describing data as being ‘the new oil’ - but is it true? Dr Mohamed Zaki from the Cambridge Service Alliance explains that, while many companies are already benefiting from big data, it also presents some tough challenges.

IfM Briefing Day 2015

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.

Alumnus Phil Sorrell helps revolutionise high street banking with mobile innovation

15 May 2015

Over a decade ago, Phil Sorrell set up FE-Mobile and with colleagues created the world’s first highly secure downloadable mobile banking platform, now used by millions worldwide.

News for the SME community

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

05 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.

Speakers from Jaguar Land Rover, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Cisco confirmed at Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium

30 April 2015

An outstanding line-up of speakers from industry and academia have confirmed their presence at the 19th Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium on 24-25 September.

What's all this rubbish about repair?

29 April 2015

The UK generated over 200 million tons of waste in 2012 which comprised 14% from households. Of household waste, 2 million tons can be attributed to waste electrical and electronic equipment each year.

A new research initiative - AMSCI

29 April 2015

Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) at the Institute for Manufacturing is pleased to introduce a new research project in liaison with the Engineering Design Centre (EDC), aimed at advanced manufacturing of smart products for homes, buildings and infrastructure.

DIAL Recommender System at the ECIS Conference

28 April 2015

An Industrial Data Recommender System to Solve the Problem of Data Overload" at the European Conference on Information Systems.

Sohoma 2015 to be hosted in Cambridge

28 April 2015

In November 2015, the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory at the Institute for Manufacturing will host Sohoma 2015, an international workshop on Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi-Agent Manufacturing.

The Facebook of Things?

28 April 2015

RedBite Solutions is a technology company that turns physical objects into smart objects by connecting them to the cloud. Any object can have it’s own digital profile – just like people do on social networks, which means you can connect with the things that you own, manage and use in a much more intelligent way.

Advanced manufacturing - From research to real products

27 April 2015

Dr Ronan Daly explains why taking a cross-disciplinary approach to advanced manufacturing research has the potential to deliver solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

IfM supports new website for manufacturing growth

23 April 2015

The Institute for Manufacturing is among a number of organisations in the education, public and private sector to support the new manufacturing-focused website Made Here Now, launched today.

IfM people, projects and activities 2015

22 April 2015

The 2015 annual report has been published. The booklet contains details of current IfM research and education projects, activities with industry and government and outreach initiatives.

Supply chain risk and resilience for multinational corporations

21 April 2015

Dr Mukesh Kumar shares research and guidance from the Centre for International Manufacturing which can help multinational companies manage their supply network risk more efficiently.

IfM project will define research agenda for 3D printing-enabled re-distributed manufacturing

17 April 2015

The Bit by Bit research team has launched a new project to explore the interrelationships between 3D printing/additive manufacturing and re-distributed manufacturing.

Getting creative in the kitchen

15 April 2015

Former IfM postgraduate student, Richard Joseph set up innovative kitchenware company, Joseph Joseph in 2003 with his twin brother. It now has a turnover of £40 million, sells its products in 104 countries and has 80 employees.

Manufacturing Policy Portal launched

10 April 2015

The Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI) at the Institute for Manufacturing has launched a portal focused on manufacturing policies.

Business model innovation research at the IfM

08 April 2015

The Institute for Manufacturing has launched a new research programme focused around business model innovation.

Management tools and toolkits: the good, the bad and the ugly

02 April 2015

Dr Clive Kerr and Dr Rob Phaal from the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management (CTM) are looking at better ways to design and use management tools and toolkits.

IfM Review Issue 3

27 March 2015

This issue features articles on advanced manufacturing, big data, management tools and toolkits and high value manufacturing, as well as news and updates from the IfM.

Manufacturing Zone at the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival

23 March 2015

We had a great day yesterday at the Manufacturing Zone at the Institute for Manufacturing organised as part of the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival.

New UK-India project investigates impact of food processing on supply chain sustainability

11 March 2015

The Centre for International Manufacturing has secured a grant for their new project: ‘Exploring impact of food processing on the sustainability of food supply chains – a UK-India bilateral analysis’.

Building Long Term Strategic University-Industry Partnerships Report

10 March 2015

Lessons and Effective Practices from UK and US Experiences.


Milbank Concrete Products: cementing its growth through innovation

09 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.

Sustainable business models: what are they and why are they important?

24 February 2015

Dr Doroteya Vladimirova explains sustainable business models and why they are important to firms which want to remain competitive in the current environment.

News and views for the SME community

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.

Working with mid-size manufacturing and technology companies

20 February 2015

The Institute for Manufacturing’s dissemination arm, IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) has issued a document detailing how it can help mid-size manufacturing and technology companies.

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

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.

What is the future of servitization?

04 February 2015

Many manufacturers are choosing to adopt a service-based model to create new and longer-term revenue streams. But how will servitization evolve in the future and affect businesses and consumers?

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

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.

The 3D printing 'revolution': what's behind the hype?

21 January 2015

Does the 3D printing revolution mean I will be able to print anything I want from the comfort of my own home?

Communicating Technology Intelligence

20 January 2015

This Practice Guide examines some of the barriers to effective Technology Intelligence communication and explores the ways in which intelligence can be better communicated and hence transferred to decision-makers.

Executive Briefing: Key Considerations in Asset Management Design

09 January 2015

The Cambridge Service Alliance has published its latest executive briefing. ‘Key Considerations in Asset Management Design’.

From smoothies to Star Wars

05 January 2015

George Rose graduated with an MEng in Manufacturing Engineering in 2010 and explains how she has moved from smoothies to Star Wars.


Making the shift to services

18 December 2014

Professor Andy Neely, Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance and the Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Complex Services at the University of Cambridge, reflects on some of the key trends in servitization and the strategic choices facing today’s manufacturers.

Indian High Commissioner HE Mr Rajan Mathai visits the IfM

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

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.

The lost art of risk management

11 December 2014

Dr Mukesh Kumar from the Centre for International Manufacturing suggests that multinational manufacturers are taking unnecessary risks with their industrial investments – and he offers a solution.

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

08 December 2014

Colour Marketing Services 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.

Take a peek into the magical world of photonics and nanoparticles

02 December 2014

Three doctoral students and a lecturer from the IfM entered images of carbon nanotube shapes, laser metal depositions and crystals into the annual Carl Zeiss Photo Competition.

Molecular Dimensions: doubling the laboratory capacity for protein crystallography specialists

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.

A new way to make microstructured surfaces

11 November 2014

A team of researchers led by Dr Michael de Volder, Lecturer at the IfM, has created a new way of manufacturing microstructured surfaces that have novel three-dimensional textures.

DIAL B for Boeing

31 October 2014

Duncan McFarlane, Professor of Industrial Information Engineering and head of the IfM’s Distributed Information & Automation Laboratory (DIAL), and members of his research team have been working with Boeing since 2005, finding intelligent solutions to some challenging industrial problems.

IfM launches 3D printing lab for students

28 October 2014

The Institute for Manufacturing has added a new cutting-edge facility to its offering – its very own 3D printing laboratory, created to support Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) Design modules.

IfM Review Issue 2

17 October 2014

Featuring articles on intelligent supply and resilience, servitization, managing risk in industrial investment and new business models for sustainability as well as a case study on Linde Gases, and much more.

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