This report, commissioned by BSI (British Standards Institute), looks at how standards and good practice can help the UK benefit from the ‘digital revolution’. The report, Application of digital technologies to innovation in manufacturing, brings together academic expertise from the IfM, Cranfield University and the University of Nottingham and the insights of UK manufacturers.
Building on the 2012 High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Landscape published by the IfM, this new study looks at the UK’s high value manufacturing landscape over the next 15 to 20 years. Its aim is to help UK policymakers, manufacturers and researchers make decisions about how best to support the growth of HVM.
Making ‘smart specialisation’ smarter: an industrial-innovation system approach: the case of Agri-tech East
This report summarises a pilot project designed in collaboration with the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (now the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) to explore new approaches to enhance the effectiveness of smart specialisation in UK regions. The
report explains the development of an ‘industrial?innovation system’ approach, which allows a better alignment between distinctive regional capabilities and promising areas for specialisation and regional value capture.
This workshop organised by Policy Links and the IfM’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) brought together a high profile group of policymakers and practitioners from UK and German institutions to share experiences and identify best practices in implementing innovation policies.
Uncovering and funding ‘smart specialisation’ opportunities: a short guide for UK regional policy makers
This report was put together for the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (now Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) by Policy Links, the knowledge transfer unit of the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI) and the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB).
People, Projects and Activities 2016
The People, Projects and Activities 2016 report provides an insight into the range of work we do in all areas of manufacturing, from carbon nanotubes to global supply chains, from supporting national R&D strategies to understanding the impact of the ‘digital revolution’.
Industrial Sustainability Annual Review 2014-15
The EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability has published its fourth Annual Review of Centre activities and outcomes from September 2014 to September 2015.
Industrial Evolution - Making British Manufacturing Sustainable
Report from the UK Manufacturing Commission Inquiry into Industrial Sustainability in which vital measures are outlined that government and industry should take to ensure that British manufacturing is here to stay.
Organised by IfM's Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in collaboration with the US Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, this workshop was held at the White House and brought together senior policy makers and agency officials from the UK and US to discuss manufacturing and innovation policy, with particular focus on technology and innovation centres.
Cambridge Service Alliance Annual Report
The Annual Report from the Cambridge Service Alliance has been published - The Alliance is a unique global partnership between businesses and universities.
A report exploring the structure, location, partner contributions, anticipated outcomes, and functioning of the collaborations UK manufacturing researchers have with international partners. It also investigates factors that might be considered to ensure the UK secures real value from the new insights and technology arising from these collaborations.
Business model innovation report
A snapshot of research and practice at the IfM. This short report is a first attempt to summarise current activities and hopefully provide a foundation for more systematic enquiry and engagement with others outside the IfM with similar interests.
This report summarises a workshop in which the Institute for Manufacturing took part, aimed at building closer links between industrialists, officials and academics involved with manufacturing in the UK and Japan. The event, held in Tokyo on 19 June, was jointly organised by the IfM, Science and Innovation Network (SIN) Japan and the University of Tokyo.
Researchers at the Cambridge Service Alliance at Cambridge University, have suggested new ways of increasing the uptake of electric car usage.
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.
EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability Annual Review 2013-14
The EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability conducts research that helps move industry to a sustainable future. A sustainable future is one which delivers shared and long-term success economically, environmentally and socially.
This report, A review of international public sector strategies and roadmaps: a case study in advanced materials explores published international strategies for supporting advanced materials research and innovation. In particular, it analyses recent advanced materials-related ‘roadmaps’ and other strategy-related documents developed by or for governmental agencies in leading economies. Different approaches and practices for developing such strategies are also considered. Important differences in national innovation systems and industrial contexts, within which these strategies have been developed, are also highlighted.
This executive briefing authored by Ivanka Visnjic, Taija Turunen and Andy Neely from the Cambridge Service Alliance, looks at the process of service innovation in an attempt to improve the way that service and product-service providers develop new services.
"Improving the competitiveness of UK service providers through applying academic research" is the final report from the Knowledge-Transfer Box (KT-Box) programme. The research reported was developed by six university partners, working on 10 major EPRSC research projects aimed at enhancing the impact of academic research to create and improve complex services.
The Making It process has been led by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership with support from the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, BIS, Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and supporting LCR based companies.
The Defence and Security Technology Competency Report: Collaboration and leverage towards the UK 2035 landscape
The work was commissioned to help inform development of MoD strategy for research and development in technology, in line with the direction set in the National Security through Technology White Paper (2012).
The future of High Value Manufacturing in the UK - Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical and Medical Device Sectors
This report follows on from a study into the future of High Value Manufacturing (HVM), in the UK commissioned by the Technology Strategy Board and published in February 2012.
This report is intended for policy-makers, legislators, a wide range of business people, and the professionals and researchers whose interests relate to the manufacturing sector.
This report follows on from a study into the future of High Value Manufacturing (HVM) in the UK commissioned by the Technology Strategy Board and published in February 2012. One of the HVM study recommendations was that particular manufacturing sectors should be explored in greater depth. This report presents the findings from studies of the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical sectors.
IfM People Projects and Activities 2012
People Projects and Activities 2012
This study sets out to understand the global manufacturing context in which UK companies must compete and how that context is expected to evolve over the next 15-20 years.
This research investigated the growing trend for companies to acquire technologies from external sources rather than using the firm’s own internal research and development activities.Download free or £50 hardcopy plus P&P
This study explores international approaches to the support of manufacturing research, the prioritisation of research domains, and practices for translating new knowledge into industry.Download free or Â£75 hardcopy plus P&P
The report aims to help companies select the most effective source of help with open innovation. It describes the capabilities companies need in order to implement open innovation successfully and the range of assistance offered by different types of innovation intermediaries.Download free or £50 hardcopy plus P&P
This report provides companies with guidelines on how to improve their approach to the generation of radically different technologies. The authors describe the obstacles facing firms and their employees when attempting to make significant innovative breakthroughs.Download free or £50 hardcopy plus P&P
This report highlights the challenges facing the industry as it looks to maintain the nation's food security against the combined effects of climate change, higher global demand for agricultural products and increasing pressure on finite resources.
This report from the IfM's Design Management Group and Centre for Industry and Government provides a first ever evaluation of design spending in UK firms.
This report from the IfM's Design Management Group and Centre for Industry and Government describes the generation of a framework for assessing international design capabilities. This framework is used to provide a first ranking of national design capabilities, using best available evidence.
Describes a structured approach to understanding and exploiting a company's international 'manufacturing footprint' - the location of its plants around the globe, what their roles should be and how they interact with each other.Download free or £25 hardcopy plus P&P
This report sets out to answer the question "I want to implement open innovation, where should I start and what should I do?" It provides an overview of existing approaches to OI and outlines how a company can start to implement a strategy to match the organisation's needs.Download free or £50 hardcopy plus P&P
EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability Annual Review 2012-13
This report covers the period July 2012 to 2013 the second year of operation of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability.
This report from the IfM's investigates the importance of production to companies and seeks to understand the long-term implications of moving production abroad or outsourcing production to other companies.Â£50.00 plus P&P
This report produced by researchers in the IfM's Sustainable Manufacturing Group, sets out a vision of a sustainable clothes industry which at the same time would offer new opportunities to retailers and manufacturers.Free plus P&P
This report from the IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing examines opportunities for UK enterprises in China and includes elected case studies in white goods, TFT-Liquid crystal display and pharmaceutical sectors.Download free or £25 hardcopy plus P&P
Towards a sustainable industrial system, with recommendations for education, research, industry and policy
This report calls for a collaborative effort by academics, teachers, industrialists and policy makers to create a sustainable, global industrial system. (25 pages)Download free or Â£50 hardcopy plus P&P