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Successful webinar on Total Information Risk Management

16 April 2014

IfM held a successful webinar outlining a new approach to quantifying the business value of high quality data and the risk to businesses of poor quality data.

New report on the latest trends in the globalisation of manufacturing

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.

Engineering in a connected world: Tim Minshall at TEDxCambridge

10 April 2014

What does it mean to be an engineer, and how might we all draw on our inner-engineer to change the world we live in?

Joint UK-India research programme launched to develop sustainable supply networks

09 April 2014

Research partners from the UK and India came together in Delhi today (April 9) to launch a programme aimed at developing sustainable global supply networks.

i-Teams competition prompts novel ideas for new inventions

08 April 2014

Using moss to power fairy lights and allowing pigs to reach their food through a catflap were some of the bright ideas for scientific inventions in the What would you use THAT for? competition.

Insights from the UK and USA on building strategic university-industry partnerships

24 March 2014

The Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI) hosted a two-day workshop exploring ways of building long-term strategic university-industry partnerships.

IfM to lead research in £23m project to reconfigure UK pharma supply chains

21 March 2014

The IfM will lead research into a £23m collaborative project on reconfiguring UK pharmaceutical supply chains.

Putting the fun into computer programming with a robot that is a toy at heart

13 March 2014

John Ginger, a recent Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) graduate, is one half of a team developing a small robot to help children learn programming and robotics while they play.

An inside view of manufacturing

07 February 2014

Inside IfM gave around 150 representatives from government, industry and academia the opportunity to discover more about the latest research and projects and meet the experts who make that possible.

Increasing the uptake of electric car rentals in Japan - case study

03 February 2014

Researchers at the Cambridge Service Alliance have suggested new ways of increasing the uptake of electric car usage.

Mike Sharman 1933 - 2013

15 January 2014

Mike Sharman, a pioneering course director in manufacturing at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering, has died, aged 80.

Cells from the eye are inkjet-printed for the first time

18 December 2013

Researchers from the IfM have used inkjet printing technology to successfully print cells taken from the eye for the very first time.

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

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

09 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.

New industrial policy forum series is launched by CSTI with the first focus on Japan

05 December 2013

New industrial policy forum series launched by the Centre for Science, Technology & Industrial Policy (CSTI).

US Ambassador visits the IfM

25 November 2013

Matthew Barzun, the US Ambassador to the UK, visited the IfM and was impressed by what he termed “great cutting-edge technology”.


Redefining 21st Century Supply Chains

06 November 2013

The globalization of manufacturing has radically transformed how supply chains are built. As a result, tomorrow's supply networks will need to be more strategic, resilient, sustainable, and customer-focused.

The future of manufacturing - an expert view

01 November 2013

The Future of Manufacturing: A new era of opportunity and challenge for the UK sets out a vision for the UK up to the year 2050 and one of the lead experts behind the report was Professor Steve Evans.

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

28 October 2013

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

Ambitious £110m programme to boost UK aerospace industry gets off the ground

22 October 2013

Sharing in Growth – an ambitious programme that will raise the capability of UK aerospace suppliers to share in the growth of this global market – has been launched.

Inspiring images win top prizes in photographic competition

21 October 2013

Two stunning images from the IfM secured top prizes in the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering's annual photographic competition. 

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

08 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.

Businesses must understand ecosystems or risk failure, warn researchers

01 October 2013

What businesses can learn from how major cities operate

Discovering the outsourcing potential of South East Asia

13 September 2013

Twenty-five MET students will travel to Malaysia to examine the area’s potential as an outsourcing destination – and they are inviting technology start-ups, manufacturing firms and academics to get involved in their project.

Struggling to make the shift to solutions

10 September 2013

The Cambridge Service Alliance, based at the IfM, has issued its latest blog - and it poses a question for companies struggling to make the move from products to solutions.

Students study tour takes them to San Francisco

10 September 2013

A group of students from the IfM visited the San Francisco Bay area on a study tour with the objective of looking at four themes: innovation, sustainability, supply chain management and the economic downturn.

Three new lecturers for the new academic year

09 September 2013

The IfM welcomes three new lecturers as the academic year starts - Dr Ronan Daly, Dr Michael De Volder and Dr Chander Velu.

Closing date nears to apply for two PhD studentships

05 September 2013

Two funded PhD studentships are on offer - but you need to apply quickly as the closing dates for applications are fast approaching.

Scaling the heights for charity

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.

Digital fabrication - getting behind the hype

31 July 2013

The reality and the potential of digital fabrication for the UK economy will be examined in a new research project by the Centre for Technology Management's Technology Enterprise Group, funded by the ESRC and EPSRC.

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

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

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.

The challenge of selling services

16 July 2013

Businesses are increasingly looking to sell services rather than products. But as Andy Neely, director of the Cambridge Service Alliance, explains to Della Bradshaw, business education editor of the Financial Times, the transition poses problems.

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

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.

Senior academics, policymakers and industrialists discuss the future of manufacturing at 10th UK Manufacturing Professors Forum

04 July 2013

The IfM was well represented at the 10th UK Manufacturing Professors’ Forum, held on 24 June at the National Liberal Club in London.

Lord Sainsbury gives a talk as part of the Babbage Lecture Series

01 July 2013

The IfM hosted a talk by Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, on ‘Linking science, engineering and economics – a progressive capitalism approach’.

Students reveal their innovative product ideas at the annual Design Show

18 June 2013

On Wednesday 5 June, the annual Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) Design Show was held at the IfM, where third-year students displayed innovative products designed by them.

Engineering the Future

18 June 2013

The UK needs to recruit more bright, young engineers - but what do young people really think engineering involves? Tim Minshall decided to find out.

CSTI chosen to host international meeting on standardisation and innovation

17 June 2013

On Friday 7 June, the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) hosted a workshop as part of the Tripartite meeting, a platform to discuss standardisation and innovation-related issues.

IfM takes part in servitization workshops in China

22 May 2013

Senior academics and researchers from the IfM were invited to participate in two workshops on the topic of servitization, held in China. 

New Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy launched

15 May 2013

A new IfM research unit funded by the Gatsby Foundation has been launched - the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI).

IfM holds first 'Make it Here' event

14 May 2013

The IfM hosted the first of a series of ‘Make it Here’ events, which aim to build the manufacturing network and community.

Technology roadmap research project helps United Nations tackle climate change

09 May 2013

CTM, in collaboration with the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, was commissioned by the United Nations to research how technology roadmapping could help tackle greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

IfM to host 2013 Design Management conference

08 May 2013

Following the success of the first Cambridge Academic Design Management Conference (CADMC) in 2011, the 2013 conference will be held on 4 and 5 September at the Institute for Manufacturing in Cambridge.

Tim Minshall to speak at Hay Festival

07 May 2013

Dr Tim Minshall, Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, has been invited to take part in this year’s Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts on Sunday 2 June at 11.30.

IfM Invited to Indian Government Seminar - International Workshop on Industry-Academia Collaboration

30 April 2013

The IfM was recently invited to contribute to a high-level seminar in Delhi on industry-academia links, hosted by the Indian Government.

New report on service innovation

30 April 2013

The Cambridge Service Alliance has issued a new executive briefing which looks at the process of service innovation in an attempt to improve the way that service and product-service providers develop new services.

Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM) - research in sustainable supply networks

19 April 2013

CIM has recently been awarded two major grants in the area of sustainable supply networks. This month it has also had an article published in Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture.

Clever kids come up with smart ways to use new technologies

11 April 2013

i-Teams' annual "What would you use THAT for?" competition, held at the IfM as part of the Cambridge Science Festival, saw children come up with some fantastic ideas for using new technology.

IfM receives UK-India Advanced Manufacturing Research Grant of around £1 million

10 April 2013

The Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM) has won a major new grant from EPSRC and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of India for the project 'Engineering Driven Sustainable Supply Networks - A UK/India Collaborative Study'.

ideaSpace Director shortlisted at the Cambridge Business Excellence Awards

26 March 2013

Stewart McTavish, who heads ideaSpace, was a finalist in the Business Person of the Year category of the Cambridge News Business Excellence Awards 2013.

Come to the IfM for some laser rocket racing, laser-bunny hopping and FantasTech as part of the Cambridge Science Festival

19 March 2013

On Saturday, 23 March, the IfM will open its doors to the public for an afternoon full of exciting activities and talks aimed at children of all ages.

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

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.

Excellence in Teaching Award for Tim Minshall

12 March 2013

Dr Tim Minshall, Senior Lecturer in Technology Management, has won a Royal Academy of Engineering ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching Award.

New briefing on business models to help adoption of sustainable technologies

07 March 2013

A new briefing on how innovative sustainable technologies can be spread to make an impact on global warming and resource scarcity has been released.

Final report from the KT-Box programme now online

05 March 2013

The final report from the Knowledge-Transfer Box (KT-Box) programme, 'Improving the competitiveness of UK service providers through applying academic research', is now available to download.

IfM students help Siemens Mechanical Drives improve their business

19 February 2013

Four students studying with the IfM recently spent a fortnight at the Leeds factory of Siemens Mechanical Drives as part of their Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) course.

IfM trains first cohort of students from new Doctoral Training Centre

06 February 2013

The IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM) has delivered a week of training to the first cohort of students from the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation (CMAC).

Inside IfM

01 February 2013

Last night the IfM opened its doors to over 100 guests all interested in discovering more about the work that takes place at the IfM.

Tim Minshall and a group of MET students help CBeebies' Nina and the Neurons explain engineering

22 January 2013

Dr Tim Minshall was contacted by producers of Nina and the Neurons, a BBC programme aired on children’s channel CBeebies, to help them explain some engineering concepts to young children.

IfM's relationship with India strengthened with invitation to Society of Operations Management conference

17 January 2013

The Society of Operations Management (SOM), based in India, held their Annual International Conference on 21-23 December 2012 at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, to which the Head of IfM and one of our researchers were invited.

Dr Alan Reece 1927 - 2012

16 January 2013

The University is sad to report the death of one of its benefactors.

Recruiting Ultra Precision Scientists and Engineers of the Future

15 January 2013

The new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision is currently recruiting Postgraduate students interested in developing the next generation of ultra precision manufacturing systems and products, for an October start. Deadline to apply for the fully-funded MRes is 31st March.

Mars, Bacardi, Moy Park and Imerys join the panel of the Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event

09 January 2013

As the deadline to apply for the Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event draws near, four new major food and FMCG companies have joined the judging panel: Mars, Bacardi, Moy Park and Imerys.

New strategic technology and innovation management consortium launched

08 January 2013

A new collaborative industry-university programme, the Strategic Technology and Innovation Management (STIM) Consortium, has been launched with the aim to build a sustainable collaborative research-practice partnership delivering benefits to both industrial and research communities.

Food and FMCG giants call for innovators to pitch their ideas

11 December 2012

Major food and FMCG companies such as Unilever, General Mills, Tate & Lyle and Crown Packaging are seeking small commercial or university-based organisations which could provide innovative solutions to business challenges. 

Car-leasing models for the technological era - a new study on mobility-as-a-service

05 December 2012

Innovative business models for modern transport are explored in a new case study-based research.

Ultra Precision Engineering- the key to a finer future

30 November 2012

Interdisciplinarity is becoming increasingly important for the engineers of the future and this is reflected in being successfully awarded funding through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training.

The future of the UK pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries mapped using techniques developed at the University of Cambridge

28 November 2012

A new study aimed at identifying needs, opportunities and challenges in the UK pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing sectors was published today.

Getting ship shape: IfM develops a fleet management tool for the Royal Navy

15 November 2012

Researchers Clive Kerr and Simon Ford from the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management have developed a software tool to help the Royal Navy manage its fleet of Type 23 frigates.

Dr Tim Minshall's TEDx talk 'Building the Future'

13 November 2012

Dr Tim Minshall, Senior Lecturer in Technology Management recently gave a TEDx talk based around the perception of what primary school children think engineers do.

Two award-winning students get a taste of the IfM

08 November 2012

Two sixth form students who won the British Sugar Academy Excellence Awards competition were given a tour of the IfM as part of a one-week ‘money can’t buy’ internship at British Sugar.

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

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.

The future of flying

23 October 2012

Aircraft that work together to solve complicated mathematical problems and airports with more flexibly used runways could be the future of flying, according to studies by University of Cambridge engineers and their industrial and academic partners.

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

16 October 2012

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

Picture perfect

15 October 2012

Ronan Daly and Alfonso Castrejon-Pita from the Inkjet Research Centre have won the Engineering Department’s 2012 photography competition.

The art of business, ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator awards grant to Wysing Arts Centre

09 October 2012

ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator awards grant to Wysing Arts Centre for its work on encouraging innovation in the East of England.

Ashok Thakur visits Cambridge

08 October 2012

Mr Ashok Thakur, Special Secretary of the Department of Higher Education in India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development, visited Cambridge recently.

Vince Cable visits the IfM

03 October 2012

Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, visited the IfM today.

Hi-Wi project awarded poster prize at REPM'12 conference

01 October 2012

David Hopkinson wins best poster presentation award

Researchers develop printable lasers

20 September 2012

A way of printing lasers using everyday inkjet technology has been created by scientists. The development has a wide range of possible applications, ranging from biomedical testing to laser arrays for displays.

Inkjet Research Centre is part of a new collaborative research centre

31 August 2012

The IfM's Inkjet Research Centre is a partner in the KACST-Cambridge Research Centre, studying the application of inkjet technology in additive manufacturing.

Two years on and the arrival of the 100th member

30 August 2012

Just a couple of months ago, ideaSpace celebrated its second birthday and now welcomes its 100th member, Tom White of Skin Analytics.

How offshore wind turbines could be more efficient

17 August 2012

Jim Platts lecturer at the Institute for Manufacturing, has overseen a new study that suggests offshore wind farms could be 100 per cent more efficient in terms of energy payback if manufacturers embraced new methods for making the structures that support the turbines.

1,000 mile trip on fold-up bikes raises at least £30,000

19 July 2012

Two former IfM students, Phil Deakin and Harry Bullivant have cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats on fold-up Brompton bikes to raise money for three charities.

IfM plays host to the next generation of engineers

17 July 2012

The IfM played host to 29 GCSE students from Chelmer Valley High School, Chelmsford as part of an outreach project.

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

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

Commercialising medical device innovation

13 July 2012

New medical devices take a long time to reach the market - and many never make it. Jon Johnson, a researcher at Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing, is looking at ways of making the process of commercialisation more efficient.

New partnership aims to unlock a manufacturing revolution

03 July 2012

New initiative to investigate the potential for businesses to cut energy consumption and reduce waste cut costs in ways that improve margins and create jobs.

IfM lecturer named as one of university's top teachers

28 June 2012

Dr Tim Minshall has been awarded one of Cambridge University's Pilkington Prizes.

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

26 June 2012

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

Student product designs unveiled at Design Show

07 June 2012

Eleven innovative design projects were on display at the Institute for Manufacturing on June 6th to mark the end of a year-long project.

Bill O'Neill appointed Professor of Laser Engineering

06 June 2012

Congratulations to Dr Bill O’Neill who has been appointed Professor of Laser Engineering.

KT Box event to introduce tools for complex engineering services

31 May 2012

KT-Box is a unique collaboration of some of the UK’s academic and industrial leaders in the new field of complex service provision. 

Global Health Commercialization and Funding Roundtable

17 May 2012

The IfM has hosted the first Global Health Commercialization and Funding Roundtable. 

IfM Briefing Day

15 May 2012

More than one hundred senior representatives from industry, government and UK and multi-national companies attended the IfM Briefing Day.

Sir Michael Marshall unveils new Gallery at IfM

14 May 2012

A new gallery of images featuring the Marshall Group of companies has been unveiled at the IfM.

New programme of support launched to help small and medium manufacturers

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

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.

European Students go head to head in Business Case Study Tournament

29 March 2012

European Students of Industrial Engineering and Management (ESTIEM), visited IfM for the Business Case Study semi-final in March.

Solved: one of the ink-jet printing industry's greatest challenges

28 March 2012

Scientists at the IfM have developed a method for predicting whether a filament of fluid will condense along its length into a single droplet, or collapse into multiple droplets.

Institute for 'Magical Factories' opens its doors!

27 March 2012

Hundreds of families flocked to the IfM on Saturday 24 March to enjoy a host of demos, hands on activities and talks - all part of this year’s Cambridge Science Festival.

Job security and pay fears at heart of manufacturing's "image problem"

08 March 2012

Misplaced fears about job security and low pay could thwart efforts to strengthen British manufacturing and rebalance the economy, a new analysis of the sector’s image among the general public has revealed.

Progressive future for UK manufacturing says new report

23 February 2012

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

Design Icons event comes to the IfM

14 February 2012

Cambridge is home to some of the most iconic modern product design. Design Icons: Cambridge Innovation Festival is a celebration of Cambridge design talent taking place throughout February 2012.

Under the Microscope #1 & #2 - Small things, big thinking

19 January 2012

Using an electron microscope it’s possible for the human eye to see in minute detail the foot of the fruit fly – an appendage that is just about the same width as a human hair.

Former IfM student becomes a visionary for the next generation

15 December 2011

Former IfM student Philip Deakin was recently named Undergraduate Visionary of 2011 by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Mapping the future of the Australian rail supply network

30 November 2011

IfM Education and Consultancy Services is helping to map out the next 30 years of the Australian rail industry following the great success of the Automotive Australia 2020 Roadmap undertaken in 2009.

Sound recognition technology to be used to detect crimes

15 November 2011

New sound-recognition technology developed by a Cambridge company is to be used in intercom systems to protect prison, hospital and commercial staff from violence, break-ins and vandalism.

Alquist carries off another major award

15 November 2011

A high-tech temperature monitoring device which could help UK firms cut millions of pounds off their energy bills, has given its inventor his second major product award this year.

ideaSpace company enters research collaboration with marine survey company to reduce CO2 emissions

20 October 2011

Cambridge Carbon Capture (CCC) has entered into a research collaboration with Polarcus Limited to develop its carbon mineralization technology.

Moss table wins people's choice

22 September 2011

Alex Driver and Carlos Peralta’s ‘Moss Table’ has won the People’s Choice poll to be included in the Design Icons: Cambridge Innovation Festival exhibition at Anglia Ruskin University.


Shift to service is 'vital' for UK industry

21 September 2011

New research led by Professor Andy Neely, Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance (CSA) argues that a shift to services is vital for UK industry.

IfM graduate wins James Dyson design award

08 September 2011

A former IfM student, Michael Korn, is the UK winner of the James Dyson Award, an international design competition run across 18 countries. 

IfM forms part of new Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial sustainability

30 March 2011

The IfM is to be a major partner in a multi-million pound project to establish a new national research centre in the field of industrial sustainability.

Chinese Ambassador explores opportunites for collaboration with IfM

01 March 2011

Mr Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK, visited the Institute for Manufacturing to discuss the Institute’s connections with China and explore opportunities for future collaboration.

ideaSpace announces seven programmes to support innovation and enterprise

20 January 2011

Seven projects designed to support innovators and entrepreneurs across the Eastern Region have been announced by the ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator (iEA).

Professor Mike Gregory knighted in New Year Honours

04 January 2011

Professor Mike Gregory, Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and of the Manufacturing and Management Division of the Department of Engineering, has received a knighthood in the New Years Honours for services to technology.

Royal opening for IfM's Alan Reece Building

19 November 2009

The Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, today officially opened the IfM’s new home, The Alan Reece Building.

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