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UK-India Manufacturing Policy Roundtable summary report now available

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

21 July 2014

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

Future engineers challenged to build a crane during IfM visit

21 July 2014

A group of students from Chelmer Valley High School have visited the IfM to learn more about what engineers do.

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

08 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.

Key IfM role in new research centre to help manufacturers improve efficiency

03 July 2014

The Institute for Manufacturing’s research skills will be a key component of a new specialist centre dedicated to finding ways to help businesses improve efficiency in manufacturing.

Students showcase innovative new product ideas at annual Design Show

02 July 2014

Students showcased their project work at the annual Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) Design Show at the IfM.

NASA executive with US energy and aerospace sector expertise joins ECS

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. 

Insights shared to make collaborative research work better

23 June 2014

More than 80 people from 50 companies and Cambridge University met to discuss lessons and insights on how best to manage collaborative research between academia and industry. 

Building Long Term Strategic University-Industry Partnerships: Lessons and Effective Practices from UK and US Experiences

13 June 2014

The Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) has released a summary of the key findings from a recent workshop on building strategic university-industry partnerships.

Advanced materials: one of the UK's eight great technologies for future growth

11 June 2014

The importance of advanced materials as one of the UK's “eight great technologies” for future growth is discussed by Professor Bill O’Neill in a series which focuses on research into advanced materials across the University of Cambridge.

First year PhD students showcase research at conference

09 June 2014

The 1st year PhD Students’ Conference, organised and run by the students at the IfM, showcased the work of 19 researchers. 

Why SMEs need to board the Big Data train

03 June 2014

Failing to jump aboard the Big Data train will leave businesses in the dust of newer, smarter start-ups, says Andy Neely in a blog article in The Telegraph.

New Open Innovation Forum in Health is launched

30 May 2014

The Open Innovation Forum in Health was launched with a full-day workshop at the IfM looking at open innovation (OI) skills and trends and drivers in the health sector.

Business model innovation in India

21 May 2014

A new study by Chander Velu, from the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing and Mahima Kanna from the International Finance Corporation, aims to shed light on business model innovation in India over the last decade.

Outstanding Paper award for IfM article on start-ups in emerging industries

16 May 2014

An article by IfM authors on manufacturing start-ups in emerging industries has been chosen as the 2014 Outstanding Paper winner by the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management.

Barack Obama's former manufacturing advisor delivers Babbage Lecture

16 May 2014

Barack Obama’s former Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing, Thomas R Kurfess, delivered the Babbage Lecture on 13 May: The Digital Future of Manufacturing, Policy and Technology Opportunities for American Innovation.

IfM Briefing Day attracts more than 150 senior industrialists and policymakers

14 May 2014

More than 150 senior representatives from industry and government as well as UK and multinational companies attended the annual IfM Briefing Day.

Highly commended papers made freely available by journal publishers for a month

01 May 2014

Two highly commended papers by IfM authors have been made freely available for a month by the publishers of the journals in which they feature.

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

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.

Infrastructure seminar looks ahead with futureproofing

22 April 2014

A workshop around the theme of Infrastructure Futureproofing was held at the IfM as part of a collaboration with Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC).

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 on 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.

A knowledge economy that works

04 April 2014

Manufacturing is an essential step in capturing value from ideas, says Professor Sir Mike Gregory, Head of the Institute for Manufacturing.

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).

UK manufacturing on the rise

01 December 2013

The UK Office for National Statistics measured manufacturing from industrial production as having increased in the first three quarters of 2013. It is hoped the manufacturing revival – dubbed the ‘march of the makers’ by the Chancellor of the Exchequer – will help to rebuild the UK economy.

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.

The importance of open innovation in the FMCG sector

01 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

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.

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