Unlocking the potential of IT architectures and services for manufacturing in Europe

Tuesday 17 December 2013

IfM ECS will play a key role in Road4FAME, a project that aims to unlock the innovation potential of IT architectures and services for the manufacturing industry across Europe.

'Making It' happen for manufacturing in the future in the Liverpool city region

Monday 9 December 2013

The future for manufacturing in the Liverpool area has been examined in a study by IfM Education and Consultancy Services for the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and its partners.

New industrial policy forum series is launched by CSTI with the first focus on Japan

Thursday 5 December 2013

New industrial policy forum series launched by the Centre for Science, Technology & Industrial Policy (CSTI).

UK manufacturing on the rise

Sunday 1 December 2013

The UK Office for National Statistics measured manufacturing from industrial production as having increased in the first three quarters of 2013. It is hoped the manufacturing revival – dubbed the ‘march of the makers’ by the Chancellor of the Exchequer – will help to rebuild the UK economy.

US Ambassador visits the IfM

Monday 25 November 2013

Matthew Barzun, the US Ambassador to the UK, visited the IfM and was impressed by what he termed “great cutting-edge technology”.

Redefining 21st Century Supply Chains

Wednesday 6 November 2013

The globalization of manufacturing has radically transformed how supply chains are built. As a result, tomorrow's supply networks will need to be more strategic, resilient, sustainable, and customer-focused.

The future of manufacturing - an expert view

Friday 1 November 2013

The Future of Manufacturing: A new era of opportunity and challenge for the UK sets out a vision for the UK up to the year 2050 and one of the lead experts behind the report was Professor Steve Evans.

The importance of open innovation in the FMCG sector

Friday 1 November 2013

In a sector characterised by the need to reduce time to market and find new ideas to generate new products, firms are constantly searching for ideas and innovations that will give them a competitive edge. Open innovation can facilitate this process.

Innovators present bright ideas to world-leading firms at pitching event

Monday 28 October 2013

Eighteen innovators presented their ideas when the Open Innovation Forum held its second pitching event.

Ambitious £110m programme to boost UK aerospace industry gets off the ground

Tuesday 22 October 2013

Sharing in Growth – an ambitious programme that will raise the capability of UK aerospace suppliers to share in the growth of this global market – has been launched.

Inspiring images win top prizes in photographic competition

Monday 21 October 2013

Two stunning images from the IfM secured top prizes in the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering's annual photographic competition. 

Mars and University of Cambridge Collaborate in Pursuit of Global Food Security

Tuesday 8 October 2013

Mars, Incorporated and the University of Cambridge today announced an agreement to build on their existing collaboration in order to further scientific research in the field of food security.

Businesses must understand ecosystems or risk failure, warn researchers

Tuesday 1 October 2013

What businesses can learn from how major cities operate

Discovering the outsourcing potential of South East Asia

Friday 13 September 2013

Twenty-five MET students will travel to Malaysia to examine the area’s potential as an outsourcing destination – and they are inviting technology start-ups, manufacturing firms and academics to get involved in their project.

Struggling to make the shift to solutions

Tuesday 10 September 2013

The Cambridge Service Alliance, based at the IfM, has issued its latest blog - and it poses a question for companies struggling to make the move from products to solutions.

Students study tour takes them to San Francisco

Tuesday 10 September 2013

A group of students from the IfM visited the San Francisco Bay area on a study tour with the objective of looking at four themes: innovation, sustainability, supply chain management and the economic downturn.

Three new lecturers for the new academic year

Monday 9 September 2013

The IfM welcomes three new lecturers as the academic year starts - Dr Ronan Daly, Dr Michael De Volder and Dr Chander Velu.

Closing date nears to apply for two PhD studentships

Thursday 5 September 2013

Two funded PhD studentships are on offer - but you need to apply quickly as the closing dates for applications are fast approaching.

Scaling the heights for charity

Wednesday 14 August 2013

Dominic Oughton, Principal Industrial Fellow at ECS, will climb the equivalent of a vertical mile of rock - solo and un-roped - in 24 hours for charity.

Digital fabrication - getting behind the hype

Wednesday 31 July 2013

The reality and the potential of digital fabrication for the UK economy will be examined in a new research project by the Centre for Technology Management's Technology Enterprise Group, funded by the ESRC and EPSRC.

Programme for growth and sustainability in the East of England helps 47 local firms improve their business

Thursday 25 July 2013

A year after its launch, the PrISMS programme has already helped 47 companies in the East of England develop their business.

Research from University of Cambridge helping Welsh companies improve their business

Tuesday 23 July 2013

The knowledge transfer arm of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing has launched a campaign to help small and medium-sized manufacturers based in Wales reach their innovation, growth and business improvement goals.

The challenge of selling services

Tuesday 16 July 2013

Businesses are increasingly looking to sell services rather than products. But as Andy Neely, director of the Cambridge Service Alliance, explains to Della Bradshaw, business education editor of the Financial Times, the transition poses problems.

Innovators invited to pitch their ideas to some of the world's leading companies

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Following the success of the first Open Innovation Forum pitching event, a new pitching event has been announced for Monday 14 October at Colworth Science Park in Bedfordshire.

Senior academics, policymakers and industrialists discuss the future of manufacturing at 10th UK Manufacturing Professors Forum

Thursday 4 July 2013

The IfM was well represented at the 10th UK Manufacturing Professors’ Forum, held on 24 June at the National Liberal Club in London.

Lord Sainsbury gives a talk as part of the Babbage Lecture Series

Monday 1 July 2013

The IfM hosted a talk by Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, on ‘Linking science, engineering and economics – a progressive capitalism approach’.

Students reveal their innovative product ideas at the annual Design Show

Tuesday 18 June 2013

On Wednesday 5 June, the annual Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) Design Show was held at the IfM, where third-year students displayed innovative products designed by them.

Engineering the Future

Tuesday 18 June 2013

The UK needs to recruit more bright, young engineers - but what do young people really think engineering involves? Tim Minshall decided to find out.

CSTI chosen to host international meeting on standardisation and innovation

Monday 17 June 2013

On Friday 7 June, the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) hosted a workshop as part of the Tripartite meeting, a platform to discuss standardisation and innovation-related issues.

IfM takes part in servitization workshops in China

Wednesday 22 May 2013

Senior academics and researchers from the IfM were invited to participate in two workshops on the topic of servitization, held in China. 

New Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy launched

Wednesday 15 May 2013

A new IfM research unit funded by the Gatsby Foundation has been launched - the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI).

IfM holds first 'Make it Here' event

Tuesday 14 May 2013

The IfM hosted the first of a series of ‘Make it Here’ events, which aim to build the manufacturing network and community.

Technology roadmap research project helps United Nations tackle climate change

Thursday 9 May 2013

CTM, in collaboration with the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, was commissioned by the United Nations to research how technology roadmapping could help tackle greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

IfM to host 2013 Design Management conference

Wednesday 8 May 2013

Following the success of the first Cambridge Academic Design Management Conference (CADMC) in 2011, the 2013 conference will be held on 4 and 5 September at the Institute for Manufacturing in Cambridge.

Tim Minshall to speak at Hay Festival

Tuesday 7 May 2013

Dr Tim Minshall, Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, has been invited to take part in this year’s Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts on Sunday 2 June at 11.30.

IfM Invited to Indian Government Seminar - International Workshop on Industry-Academia Collaboration

Tuesday 30 April 2013

The IfM was recently invited to contribute to a high-level seminar in Delhi on industry-academia links, hosted by the Indian Government.

New report on service innovation

Tuesday 30 April 2013

The Cambridge Service Alliance has issued a new executive briefing which looks at the process of service innovation in an attempt to improve the way that service and product-service providers develop new services.

Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM) - research in sustainable supply networks

Friday 19 April 2013

CIM has recently been awarded two major grants in the area of sustainable supply networks. This month it has also had an article published in Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture.

Clever kids come up with smart ways to use new technologies

Thursday 11 April 2013

i-Teams' annual "What would you use THAT for?" competition, held at the IfM as part of the Cambridge Science Festival, saw children come up with some fantastic ideas for using new technology.

IfM receives UK-India Advanced Manufacturing Research Grant of around £1 million

Wednesday 10 April 2013

The Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM) has won a major new grant from EPSRC and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of India for the project 'Engineering Driven Sustainable Supply Networks - A UK/India Collaborative Study'.

ideaSpace Director shortlisted at the Cambridge Business Excellence Awards

Tuesday 26 March 2013

Stewart McTavish, who heads ideaSpace, was a finalist in the Business Person of the Year category of the Cambridge News Business Excellence Awards 2013.

Come to the IfM for some laser rocket racing, laser-bunny hopping and FantasTech as part of the Cambridge Science Festival

Tuesday 19 March 2013

On Saturday, 23 March, the IfM will open its doors to the public for an afternoon full of exciting activities and talks aimed at children of all ages.

New technology for improving food safety wins first Open Innovation Forum Pitching Event

Thursday 14 March 2013

The Open Innovation Forum held its first Pitching Event this week at the Hauser Forum in Cambridge, where 18 innovators presented their ideas to an audience of senior leaders and decision-makers from major companies.

Excellence in Teaching Award for Tim Minshall

Tuesday 12 March 2013

Dr Tim Minshall, Senior Lecturer in Technology Management, has won a Royal Academy of Engineering ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching Award.

New briefing on business models to help adoption of sustainable technologies

Thursday 7 March 2013

A new briefing on how innovative sustainable technologies can be spread to make an impact on global warming and resource scarcity has been released.

Final report from the KT-Box programme now online

Tuesday 5 March 2013

The final report from the Knowledge-Transfer Box (KT-Box) programme, 'Improving the competitiveness of UK service providers through applying academic research', is now available to download.

IfM students help Siemens Mechanical Drives improve their business

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Four students studying with the IfM recently spent a fortnight at the Leeds factory of Siemens Mechanical Drives as part of their Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) course.

IfM trains first cohort of students from new Doctoral Training Centre

Wednesday 6 February 2013

The IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM) has delivered a week of training to the first cohort of students from the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation (CMAC).

Inside IfM

Friday 1 February 2013

Last night the IfM opened its doors to over 100 guests all interested in discovering more about the work that takes place at the IfM.

Tim Minshall and a group of MET students help CBeebies' Nina and the Neurons explain engineering

Tuesday 22 January 2013

Dr Tim Minshall was contacted by producers of Nina and the Neurons, a BBC programme aired on children’s channel CBeebies, to help them explain some engineering concepts to young children.

IfM's relationship with India strengthened with invitation to Society of Operations Management conference

Thursday 17 January 2013

The Society of Operations Management (SOM), based in India, held their Annual International Conference on 21-23 December 2012 at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, to which the Head of IfM and one of our researchers were invited.

Dr Alan Reece 1927 - 2012

Wednesday 16 January 2013

The University is sad to report the death of one of its benefactors.

Recruiting Ultra Precision Scientists and Engineers of the Future

Tuesday 15 January 2013

The new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision is currently recruiting Postgraduate students interested in developing the next generation of ultra precision manufacturing systems and products, for an October start. Deadline to apply for the fully-funded MRes is 31st March.

Mars, Bacardi, Moy Park and Imerys join the panel of the Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event

Wednesday 9 January 2013

As the deadline to apply for the Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event draws near, four new major food and FMCG companies have joined the judging panel: Mars, Bacardi, Moy Park and Imerys.

New strategic technology and innovation management consortium launched

Tuesday 8 January 2013

A new collaborative industry-university programme, the Strategic Technology and Innovation Management (STIM) Consortium, has been launched with the aim to build a sustainable collaborative research-practice partnership delivering benefits to both industrial and research communities.

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