IfM Review Issue 15 out now

Issue 15 of the IfM Review is now available, highlighting the latest work from the Institute for Manufacturing, covering technology, management, and policy activities.


You can download it here or pick up a hard copy from the IfM.


In this issue, we explore the fascinating uses of future technology. Michael de Volder from the Nanomanufacturing Group explains how his team is working to eliminate cobalt from electric vehicle batteries due to concerns about ethics and the environment, offering a glimpse into a more sustainable era for electric mobility. We also hear about the latest work from the Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing group as they expand their capabilities in their efforts to tackle hard-to-treat cancers.


This issue also highlights our continued involvement in the Women in Manufacturing initiative and our role in organising its first conference. In our news section, you can find recent updates, including our participation in the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos and some of our latest report launches. 


In other articles, we get insights on how AI can enhance processes as Sebastian Pattinson shares his thoughts on effectively using AI-controlled systems. Chander Velu delves into the challenges and hurdles that businesses, researchers, and governments need to overcome as they explore the potential of quantum computing. And we hear from entrepreneur Griselda Togobo, an ISMM alumna, as she talks about how her time at the University of Cambridge gave her the courage to take risks and embrace failure.


There are also stories from our knowledge-transfer company, IfM Engage. We learn how Domino Printing Sciences keep up with the fast pace of changes in the business environment; and how a tea producer in Kenya has been able to make sustainability relevant to their local workforce by introducing straightforward energy-saving solutions.


From our Policy Links team, we hear how their research on adopting digital tech in the manufacturing sector contributed to a UK government funding boost of £147 million to support investments in digital manufacturing research. Jennifer Castañeda-Navarrete tells us about her work in helping policy-makers make decisions that benefit both the local community and industry while considering the global perspective.


Download IfM Review Issue 15. 

Date published

28 May 2024

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