IfM discusses opportunities to cooperate with Japan on developing high value manufacturing
The workshop saw key experts from the UK and Japan share processes and findings concerning manufacturing futures, gain a mutual understanding of the national manufacturing policy landscapes and identify cooperation opportunities between the UK and Japan in the development of high value manufacturing, with a final aim of developing frameworks to enable continuing dialogue between the UK and Japan.
Professor Sir Mike Gregory, Head of IfM and Dr Carlos Lopez-Gomez, Research Associate at the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy represented the IfM at the event.
Other key experts present included: Paul McCaffrey, Project Leader of the Future of Manufacturing Project Foresight, UK Government Office for Science; Chris Carr, Deputy Director Manufacturing, Services & Electronics, Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS); Professor Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Director-General, Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST); Professor Yashiro, Vice President and Professor of Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo; and Dr Michiharu Nakamura, President, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
Mike commented: 'We were delighted to find so many areas of common interest and agreement together with a shared enthusiasm for developing a better understanding of the changing face of global manufacturing and identifying areas for future partnership.'
The workshop was followed by a seminar led by the UK experts and a networking reception.
A summary report has now been issued and is available to view below: