Chinese Ambassador explores opportunites for collaboration with IfM

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.

Mr Lui Xiaoming was welcomed by the Head of IfM, Professor Sir Mike Gregory, who provided an overview of the work carried out at the Institute and the organisation’s strong links with China, followed by a tour of the IfM's automation laboratory.


Mr Liu Xiaoming, said: “Today’s visit has been extremely productive and I have been very impressed with the innovation and creativity demonstrated at the Institute. In particular I am pleased with the international approach taken by IfM and its continued commitment to forging strong links with China. China is the second largest manufacturer in the world – however, in order to retain this position, we can learn a lot from the UK and organisations like IfM in terms of developing new technology processes and creative industries. The strength of this relationship is therefore vital both in terms of growth for China and for the UK.”


Professor Sir Mike Gregory, said: “It has been an honour to host the Ambassador’s visit to Cambridge. Our links with China are very close and have been for the past ten years. Firstly in terms of our collaborative work with Chinese Universities - we have over eighty students from China studying here and also provide opportunities for our students to study in China.


Secondly we work closely with manufacturing companies in China - particularly those companies looking to go global, which require our technology expertise. At IfM we recognise the vital importance of China in the world of manufacturing – our work with these companies therefore continues to be of great importance.”


Press release available here.

Date published

1 March 2011

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