IfM expertise to contribute to new Centre for Digital Built Britain

Sunday 3 December 2017

The UK Government has announced £5.4 million in funding for a new centre to champion the digital revolution in the built environment.

Dashmote wins 2017 OI Forum Pitching Competition

Thursday 23 November 2017

An innovative method that combines artificial intelligence (AI) and visual recognition technology to rapidly reveal insights into consumer food trends has won the 2017 Open Innovation Forum Food and FMCG Pitching Competition.

Making the most of the IIoT

Friday 17 November 2017

Professor Duncan McFarlane discusses the advances, challenges and questions that manufacturers need to think about when embarking on their IIoT journey.

A new form of globalisation and what it means for supply chains

Wednesday 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.

See us at the Smart Factory Expo

Tuesday 14 November 2017

We are at the Smart Factory Expo in Liverpool tomorrow and Thursday, 15th and 16th November. Come and see us on Stand D12.


IfM researcher shortlisted for prestigious Newton Prize

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Dr Ajith Parlikad's project to develop Smart Manufacturing technologies in India has been shortlisted for the 2017 Newton Prize.

IfM researchers win Telford Premium prize

Wednesday 11 October 2017

A paper co-authored by IfM and CSIC investigators has been awarded the Telford Premium prize from ICE Publishing.

Professor Tim Minshall appointed Head of the Institute for Manufacturing

Tuesday 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.

Experiment and learn fast for a digital supply chain to prosper

Wednesday 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 2017

Wednesday 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 manufacturing

Friday 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.

The future of automation

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Should we automate? Professor Duncan McFarlane gave a sell-out talk on the future of automation to Cambridge alumni.

Cambridge appoints new professor of innovation

Thursday 14 September 2017

Dr Tim Minshall has been appointed as the inaugural Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation at the University of Cambridge.

MET student in battle for LEGO supremacy in new tv show

Friday 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 delegation

Wednesday 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 Kumar

Thursday 3 August 2017

Dr Mukesh Kumar talks about his work on food security as part of the Cambridge Global Food Security Strategic Research Initiative. 

Student research trip to Japan

Tuesday 1 August 2017

The IfM's Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) part 2B students recently returned from a successful two-week overseas research project to Japan.

Why the skills gap is a major barrier to the adoption of additive manufacturing

Tuesday 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.

Promoting manufacturing career opportunities

Monday 31 July 2017

IfM's Deputy Head Dr Tim Minshall was interviewed on Cambridge TV about a new project to promote manufacturing career opportunities to young people.

Transforming Indian agriculture: IfM key partner in tackling major global challenge

Friday 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.

UK's post-Brexit economy hinges on SME innovation

Tuesday 18 July 2017

The decisions that the UK Government makes in response to Brexit could either add billions to the nation’s economy or risk decimating the country’s more than 264,000 manufacturing SMEs.

Revolutionising the UK's next-generation internet

Thursday 13 July 2017

The IfM is a partner in a £5 million research collaboration that is set to revolutionise the UK's internet infrastructure.

Second Life for Retired Batteries from Electric Vehicles

Thursday 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 collaborations

Thursday 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.

Life-saving manufacturing engineering

Friday 23 June 2017

Two manufacturing engineering graduates, Susan Long and Abi Bush, are changing the face of humanitarian aid using innovative technology solutions to help people around the world that are affected by disaster or war.

Take your medicine

Monday 19 June 2017

Dr Jag Srai talks about the future of pharmaceutical supply chains in the latest issue of the University of Cambridge's research magazine, Research Horizons.

Next generation nano-battery

Friday 16 June 2017

A team of University of Cambridge engineers who are hoping to fuel an electric bus revolution are a step closer to their goal after their next-generation nanotechnology battery was commended in the 2017 Emerging Technologies Competition.

Big data essential for customer loyalty measurements

Tuesday 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 future

Wednesday 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 technologies

Wednesday 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.

Roadmapping UK physics future

Wednesday 7 June 2017

The UK’s Institute of Physics has engaged the roadmapping expertise of IfM ECS to support IOP Members to deliver transformational changes for society.

Factories that forage

Friday 2 June 2017

Professor Steve Evans will talk about sustainable industrial initiatives such as factories that create new products from waste at this year's Hay Festival.

Technology-based economic growth strategies

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Advanced economies no longer have comfortably long 'windows of opportunity' to translate new knowledge from research into manufacturing.

A vision for multidisciplinary engineering research

Tuesday 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 Revolution

Tuesday 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 engagement

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Industry experts at the forefront of software IP management presented at the latest Strategic Intellectual Property Forum.

Leadership in the age of digital disruption

Friday 19 May 2017

Professor Andy Neely discusses five key issues manufacturing industry leaders should focus on if they want to survive in the age of digital disruption in the February issues of The Manufacturer.

IfM Briefing Day 2017 The next production revolution

Friday 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.

Thought for food

Thursday 18 May 2017

Dr Mukesh Kumar leads research in supply chain resilience at the IfM. He describes how his work is helping to tackle one of this century’s most important challenges: food safety.

Being open about IP

Monday 15 May 2017

In an article written for The Conversation, Dr Frank Tietze, describes how open intellectual property (IP) can contribute to society by accelerating the uptake of sustainable technologies and systems.

IfM Review Issue 7: Manufacturing a better world

Monday 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.

PhD Spotlight: Bang Ming Yong

Monday 15 May 2017

A passion for technology innovation and entrepreneurship and a desire to contribute to Malaysia’s burgeoning ICT industry is the driving force behind Bang Ming Yong’s seemingly endless energy.

Untangling the spaghetti

Friday 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.

Roadmapping a better future

Friday 12 May 2017

IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) has helped more than 300 public and private sector organisations with their strategic and technology innovation planning through the powerful technique of roadmapping.

Maintenance matters

Friday 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 operations

Friday 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.

Diagnosing deadly diseases

Friday 12 May 2017

University of Cambridge engineers and scientists from Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing and Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology groups have joined forces to develop an on-the-spot low-cost tool for the rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases.

High-value products from industrial waste

Tuesday 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 Europe

Tuesday 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 Brazil

Wednesday 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.

Pushing design boundaries

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Young Design Engineer of the Year and MET alumnus Christopher Bellamy is using his innovative design skills to forge an exciting and diverse global career.

Innovating at scale: Business model innovation in the UK

Tuesday 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’. 

Transforming supply chains through digitalisation

Wednesday 19 April 2017

Dr Jag Srai discusses how companies can take practical steps toward the digitalisation of their operations and supply chains in the latest issue of The Manufacturer.

Engaging school children in how stuff gets made

Tuesday 4 April 2017

An innovative outreach project to challenge outdated views of manufacturing and inspire primary school children to think about how we make things has won funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Policy Links report launched at global United Nations conference on manufacturing

Wednesday 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 Tobago

Wednesday 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 - leading in times of uncertainty

Tuesday 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.

Patent applications surge in China

Thursday 16 March 2017

IfM intellectual property (IP) expert Dr Frank Tietze discussed the strategy behind China's recent surge in patent filing in the Financial Times today.

Cambridge Service Alliance deputy director appointment

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Dr Mohamed Zaki has been appointed as Deputy Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance (CSA).

IfM lecturer recognised for teaching excellence

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Dr James Moultrie has been awarded one of the University of Cambridge's Pilkington Prizes - awarded to individuals who have shown teaching of exceptional quality.

Integrating roadmapping into whole of company strategy planning

Tuesday 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.

What's new at IfM: courses and events 2017

Tuesday 24 January 2017

At IfM we run a programme of short courses designed to develop delegates' capabilities in a number of key areas of IfM expertise.

IfM Head appointed to new role leading University of Cambridge's engagement with industry

Monday 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.

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