Overseas Research Project is full of eastern promise...Friday 11 December 2009
The burgeoning technological powerhouses of Malaysia and Singapore are the focus of a new research project by IfM students.
Multi-million pound grant boosts Ink-jet researchTuesday 10 November 2009
It may sound like science fiction, but industry could soon be producing complex electronics and hi-tech gadgetry simply by pressing the print button. A consortium, led by the University of Cambridge, has been awarded a multi-million pound grant to investigate how ink-jet print technology could revolutionise manufacturing processes.
New website links enterprise activities across CambridgeMonday 9 November 2009
A new website designed to improve the flow of information to staff and students on the wide range of enterprise activities at the University of Cambridge has been launched.
IfM academics to speak at major European conferenceFriday 6 November 2009
Laure Brévignon-Dodin and Dr Letizia Mortara will be attending the Connect Research event run by Cranfield University in collaboration with the Organsiation for Economic Co-Operation and Development and the UK’s Science and Innovation Network, a project run by BIS.
Cambridge helps Australian motor makers set sights on futureMonday 26 October 2009
The IfM is playing a role in helping the Australian automotive industry define its long-term future. The Australian Government and Victorian State Government asked the IfM to help create a strategic plan for the country’s car industry.
Brazil's BRIC foundations provides strong base for growthThursday 15 October 2009
Think of Brazil and your thoughts probably turn to World Cup winning football, Sugarloaf Mountain or its recent successful bid to host the 2016 Olympics. You may not immediately associate Brazil with innovation and industrial success.
Could Cambridge be a blueprint for UK industry?Tuesday 6 October 2009
Could Cambridge's Silicon Fen provide an industrial blueprint for Britain as a whole? Are there important lessons to be learned from the Cambridge hi-tech cluster of companies that could benefit the country's economy? These issues will be discussed at a seminar this week organised by the IfM.
New guide highlights ways to introduce open innovationTuesday 29 September 2009
What have the British-based multinational Unilever, oil firm BP, pharmaceutical giant GSK, and electronics manufacturer Philips got in common? The answer is they have all embraced Open Innovation (OI) as way of developing new products or accessing new technologies.
New platform provokes debate on future of high-tech clusterThursday 27 August 2009
A new blog has been set up to prompt debate on the future of Cambridge's Silicon Fen as it reaches a critical point in its evolution.
Houston, we have some visitors - NASA lands at IfMTuesday 14 July 2009
John Vickers, Manager from the space agency's National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM), is in Britain as part of a nationwide tour of UK manufacturers and research centres.
I-Teams focus on commercial potential for KidzEyez deviceWednesday 1 July 2009
A technique for testing the peripheral vision of young children could be given a boost – thanks to the inventors putting it in the hands of Cambridge students.
A chair that calms autistic children, a solar-powered fridge and a solution to global water problems…Friday 5 June 2009
A chair that creates a safe haven for autistic children, a fridge powered by the sun and an economical way to provide clean water in developing countries are just some of the latest ideas by Cambridge University students hoping to bring new products to market.
Help on offer for trouble-hit manufacturers in the Eastern regionTuesday 2 June 2009
Manufacturers in the Eastern region are being offered free help to overhaul their business and improve their chance of success in today’s challenging economic times.
East Asian countries emerging as new design "powerhouses"Wednesday 15 April 2009
East Asian countries such as Korea and Singapore are beginning to shift their economic emphasis away from low-cost production and into design, new research suggests.
Could the recession be the best time to start a new business?Thursday 26 March 2009
Cambridge high-tech businesses founded in the recession of the 1990s enjoyed consistently better survival rates than companies started in the boom years. This is one of the findings of a University of Cambridge study examining the fortunes of the Cambridge hi tech cluster over the past two decades.
China offers major opportunities for UK companies across the manufacturing value chain according to new University of Cambridge studyTuesday 17 March 2009
China is rapidly developing new capabilities across the manufacturing value chain, beyond its established role in mass production, according to a new University of Cambridge report.
Encouraging good ideas means taking some risks - intrapreneurship surveyFriday 20 February 2009
Companies need to create an environment that encourages greater risk taking and does not stigmatise failure, if they want to encourage their staff to have innovative ideas. These are some of the preliminary findings emerging from a survey of technology managers.
150 Essex companies are first to receive economic downturn helpWednesday 18 February 2009
Manufacturing companies in Essex are be offered extra support from this month as the first of the 10 proposals launched by Essex County Council in December to help the county through the economic downturn gets underway.
Running the world's leading drinks company: Behind the Scenes at DiageoMonday 2 February 2009
A seminar on Monday 16 February at the Institute for Manufacturing, Mill Lane, is an opportunity to hear from a senior executive of the company about the business. The event will be an interactive session with plenty of time allowed for questions.