A new form of globalisation and what it means for supply chainsWednesday 15 November 2017
In an article for The Manufacturer, Dr Jag Srai, Head of the IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing, considers how globalisation may be changing and what that means for global supply chains.
IfM researcher shortlisted for prestigious Newton PrizeTuesday 17 October 2017
Dr Ajith Parlikad's project to develop Smart Manufacturing technologies in India has been shortlisted for the 2017 Newton Prize.
Professor Tim Minshall appointed Head of the Institute for ManufacturingTuesday 10 October 2017
Professor Tim Minshall, the inaugural Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation, has become the new Head of the IfM, taking over from Professor Andy Neely.
Don't fall prey to business ecosystem failureFriday 6 October 2017
There are many reasons why great manufacturing innovations that should have succeeded end up on the scrap heap. Dr Florian Urmetzer, Senior Research Associate for the Cambridge Service Alliance explains that an often-overlooked but very common reason is failure to see the blind spots in your business ecosystem.
Experiment and learn fast for a digital supply chain to prosperWednesday 4 October 2017
The second annual IfM Digital Supply Chains Consortium meeting took place in Cambridge on 27th September, with representatives from organisations including ABB, Caterpillar, Grundfos, IKEA and Philips Lighting.
Globalisation revisited at the Cambridge International Symposium 2017Wednesday 4 October 2017
Senior industrialists, policymakers and academics came together for the annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium, to discuss emerging trends in global manufacturing.
Policy Links convenes workshop to support UK-Japan Policy Dialogue on advanced manufacturingFriday 29 September 2017
Held at the British Embassy in Tokyo, the workshop set out to support the advanced manufacturing stream of the UK-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue.
MET student in battle for LEGO supremacy in new tv showFriday 25 August 2017
MET student James Gard and fellow Cambridge Engineering student and LEGO enthusiast, Jamil Jami, are competing in a new Channel 4 series to win the title of ‘LEGO Masters’.
Policy Links, CSTI and CTM offer joint training in South Africa to international delegationWednesday 16 August 2017
This workshop was aimed at providing key concepts about innovation management, discussing international experiences in manufacturing policy, and sharing experiences with colleagues with a common interest in RTOs.
Reducing food waste is key to food security: an interview with Dr Mukesh KumarThursday 3 August 2017
Dr Mukesh Kumar talks about his work on food security as part of the Cambridge Global Food Security Strategic Research Initiative.
Why the skills gap is a major barrier to the adoption of additive manufacturingTuesday 1 August 2017
In this article in The Manufacturer, Dr Tim Minshall considers the UK 'skills' gap in additive manufacturing and what this means for the technology's expansion in Britain.
Transforming Indian agriculture: IfM key partner in tackling major global challengeFriday 21 July 2017
The IfM’s Centre for International Manufacturing is part of the Cambridge team working with Indian scientists to bring about a second Green Revolution. This project is one of two Cambridge-led research collaborations that have been awarded almost £15 million in funding.
Second Life for Retired Batteries from Electric VehiclesThursday 13 July 2017
Na Jiao won first runner-up and the best originality award for the international competition on Second Life for Retired Batteries from Electric Vehicles held in Hong Kong.
Boosting innovation through SME-university collaborationsThursday 6 July 2017
Dr Nicky Athanassopoulou discusses the key enablers and barriers to improving interfaces between universities and SMEs that boost innovation in the latest edition of The Manufacturer.
Big data essential for customer loyalty measurementsTuesday 13 June 2017
Deputy Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance, Dr Mohamed Zaki, discusses the pitfalls of relying on simplistic numerical values to measure customer loyalty in Marketing Week.
Intelligent assets for the infrastructure of the futureWednesday 7 June 2017
IfM's Professor Duncan McFarlane (Head of DIAL) and Ajith Parlikad (Head of Asset Management) have co-authored an ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) Guidance Paper on how new technologies will transform the infrastructures of the future.
Developing effective strategies for emerging technologiesWednesday 7 June 2017
Strategies for specific emerging technologies are being developed in the UK, USA, and Japan. A workshop exploring the ‘Lessons Learned and Emerging Practices’ from UK activities was hosted to inform future strategy development and the implications for policy makers.
A vision for multidisciplinary engineering researchTuesday 30 May 2017
A new study, commissioned by the US National Academy of Engineering and written by the IfM will help inform the future of engineering research.
The Next Production RevolutionTuesday 30 May 2017
The IfM has contributed to a recently published OECD book Next Production Revolution: Implications for Governments and Business.
Strategic Intellectual Property Forum continues engagementTuesday 23 May 2017
Industry experts at the forefront of software IP management presented at the latest Strategic Intellectual Property Forum.
IfM Briefing Day 2017 The next production revolutionFriday 19 May 2017
On Thursday 11th May, over 100 delegates from across industry, government and academia gathered at the IfM in Cambridge to consider the implications of the next production revolution.
IfM Review Issue 7: Manufacturing a better worldMonday 15 May 2017
IfM research is helping to contribute to global industrial sustainability - economic, environmental and societal - by addressing global "Grand Challenges". Read about some of the high-impact research being undertaken through IfM's research-meets-practice model.
Untangling the spaghettiFriday 12 May 2017
The IfM’s NanoManufacturing group, under the leadership of Dr Michaël De Volder, is developing nanotechnologies to supply clean water for developing nations and build better batteries for renewable energy. Dr De Volder explains some of the strategies his team is employing to realise these goals.
Maintenance mattersFriday 12 May 2017
Dr Maria Holgado from the IfM’s Centre for Industrial Sustainability (CIS) has been researching maintenance and particularly how it can make a vital contribution to a company’s long-term sustainability – when measured economically, socially and environmentally.
Disaster relief operationsFriday 12 May 2017
Earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and droughts: when a natural disaster strikes, relief organisations react by providing medical treatment, food, water and shelter. However, in these difficult and chaotic circumstances mistakes are inevitably made and supply networks often prove to be insufficiently resilient.
High-value products from industrial wasteTuesday 9 May 2017
The IfM's Centre for Industrial Sustainability (CIS) has been working closely with leading Sri Lankan garment manufacturing companies to transform waste streams into high value products through innovative remanufacturing processes and new business models.
Industrial sustainability: paradox or paradigm?Monday 8 May 2017
IfM's Centre for Industrial Sustainability is focused on increasing our understanding of how to transform industrial behaviour to develop more sustainable environments, economies and societies. In this article, Centre Director, Professor Steve Evans, explains that increasing sustainability should not cost more.
BP pilot roundtable explores mobility future in EuropeTuesday 2 May 2017
Experts from across Europe gathered in Cambridge recently to examine what mobility in Europe might look like in 2040.
Prestigious grant to help low-income entrepreneurs in BrazilWednesday 26 April 2017
IfM Centre for Industrial Sustainability Director, Professor Steve Evans, and doctoral student Paulo Savaget Nascimento have teamed up with a Brazilian non-governmental organisation (NGO) to win a prestigious grant to help low-income entrepreneurs living in the slums of Belo Horizonte.
Innovating at scale: Business model innovation in the UKTuesday 25 April 2017
Dr Chandler Velu, head of the Business Model Innovation research programme, has been interviewed by The Economist Intelligent Unit for their report ‘Innovating at scale: Business model innovation in the UK’.
Policy Links report launched at global United Nations conference on manufacturingWednesday 29 March 2017
Governments need to take into account the increasing complexity of modern industries when developing new policies to support innovation, according to a new report on global advanced manufacturing.
Guiding industrial diversification in Trinidad and TobagoWednesday 22 March 2017
IfM ECS's Policy Links team has been working with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to develop a strategic roadmap for productive development policy in Trinidad and Tobago.
Strategic roadmapping - take control in times of uncertaintyTuesday 21 March 2017
Dr Imoh Ilevbare, Product Manager (Innovation and Technology Management) at IfM Education and Consultancy Services, provides some insights into staying on the front-foot in a complex and rapidly-shifting political and technological landscape.
Cambridge Service Alliance deputy director appointmentWednesday 15 March 2017
Dr Mohamed Zaki has been appointed as Deputy Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance (CSA).
Integrating roadmapping into whole of company strategy planningTuesday 21 February 2017
Global heavy industry manufacturer IHI Corporation is benefitting from better goal alignment and increased dialogue across departments within the company as a result of integrating roadmapping into its business planning strategy.
IfM Head appointed to new role leading University of Cambridge's engagement with industryMonday 23 January 2017
Professor Andy Neely, Head of IfM, has been appointed as the University of Cambridge's new Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Enterprise and Business Relations.