COVID-19: Manufacturing at a turning point


02 July 2020


At this IfM Briefing, leading experts from the Institute for Manufacturing draw lessons from the response of firms and governments to the COVID-19 pandemic, and look at how the industry is likely to change and adapt in the months and years ahead.


In the first part, they present a summary of some of their recent research and the implications for the future of the industry.


In the second part, they answer attendee questions in a wide-ranging discussion on the future of manufacturing in the wake of COVID-19.



Briefing outline


Rapid repurposing: Lessons from the crisis response in the UK – Tim Minshall, Head, Institute for Manufacturing


The role of automation and information: Operating safely and responding to changing priorities – Duncan McFarlane, Professor of Industrial Information Engineering, University of Cambridge


Supply chain challenges: What are the future drivers of economic growth? – Jag Srai, Head, Centre for International Manufacturing, Institute for Manufacturing


International policy responses: How manufacturing can emerge stronger – Carlos López-Gómez, Head, Policy Links, IfM Education and Consultancy Services


Panel discussion - Moderated by Jonny Williamson, Editor,


Extended Q&A:



Further reading


Find out more about the IfM's work on Manufacturing and COVID-19




This Briefing was organised in association with The Manufacturer 



For further information please contact:

Jason Naselli