Object-tracking technology used to coordinate PPE equipmentThursday 2 April 2020
IfM spin-out Redbite Solutions have provided their object-tracking technology, itemit, to co-ordinate donations of PPE equipment in fight against COVID-19. The technology is ensuring that only NHS-approved items are forwarded on to the NHS.
Open Innovation Forum moves online with focus on virtual innovationThursday 2 April 2020
After its scheduled meeting was curtailed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the forum brought together over 50 participants from 20 member companies using virtual collaborative tools.
Manufacturing and COVID-19: ways your company could helpTuesday 17 March 2020
If you are an engineering or manufacturing company, read the ways you can get involved with tackling the COVID-19 outbreak.
TIGR2ESS programme shaping policy for agri-business in PunjabFriday 13 March 2020
Dr Jag Srai attended a meeting at Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, looking at state-level policy interventions to encourage the development of agri-tech and digital platform technologies for agri-business in Punjab.
Project advancing the use of low-carbon technologies updates discussed in CambridgeMonday 9 March 2020
IfM ECS recently hosted the ‘Advancing Communities towards low-Carbon Energy Smart Systems’, or ACCESS, project partners in Cambridge to discuss the latest developments of the pilot studies taking place in communities across Europe.
How Made Smarter is empowering women in manufacturingFriday 6 March 2020
Industry trailblazers Andrea Thompson (BAE Systems), Andrea Hough (ATEC Engineering Solutions) and Donna Edwards (Made Smarter) say manufacturing SMEs can inspire a generation and close the gender gap.
Digital transformation in the energy sectorMonday 17 February 2020
Dr Diana Khripko recently spoke at E-World Energy and Water in Essen on digital transformation in the energy industry, highlighting IfM tools and approaches which can support organisation at different steps of the digital journey.
KOKUYO apply roadmapping to support technology venture concept design and strategy visualisationThursday 9 January 2020
A recent pilot study, led by Dr Yuta Hirose in Japan as part of the IfM's STIM Consortium, saw a new application of roadmapping to support technology venture concept design and strategy visualisation.
IfM researchers create miniature winter landscape with lasers and inkjet printingThursday 12 December 2019
Researchers from IfM Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing Group have created a miniature winter scene for this year's IfM Christmas Card. The scene has been created using lasers and inkjet printing and the trees are no bigger than 10mm high.
IfM graduate Ying Wan Loh wins IET Young Woman Engineer of the YearWednesday 11 December 2019
Huge congratulations to Ying Wan Loh, a former IfM student, who has been recognised with this prestigious award by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
IfM Knowledge Partner at UK’s biggest manufacturing eventTuesday 3 December 2019
Sharing our content and perspectives from the largest manufacturing event in the UK calendar: an opening keynote from Tim Minshall, a series of IfM workshops, and engagement across the manufacturing community. Catch up with what you missed.
How to change the world: Steve Evans keynoteMonday 2 December 2019
Professor Steve Evans, Head of the IfM’s Centre for Industrial Sustainability, gave a keynote talk at the prestigious ‘How to change the world’ conference in London on 28th November, as part of a stellar line up of speakers including Malcolm Gladwell, Noam Chomsky and Robert Winston.
Sustainable Value Innovation course held in NorwayFriday 29 November 2019
Dr Doroteya Vladimirova and Ian Bamford from the Centre for Industrial Sustainability led a two-day course on Sustainable Value Innovation at the Norwegian Centre of Expertise iKuben in Molde, Norway.
QEII Create the Future podcast features Tim MinshallMonday 18 November 2019
Professor Tim Minshall, Head of the IfM, features in the latest episode of ‘Create the Future’ podcast from The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, alongside materials scientist Dr Anna Ploszajski.
IfM Review Issue 11: Strategic approaches to digitalisationMonday 11 November 2019
Issue 11 of IfM Review considers how digitalisation is changing manufacturing and how organisations can best develop strategies to respond.
Cambridge Service Alliance Industry DayMonday 21 October 2019
On Wednesday 16 October, the Cambridge Service Alliance hosted its annual industry day at which keynote speakers from some of the world’s leading companies shared their insights into the challenges and opportunities of developing digitally-enabled service businesses.
H2020 TRUST - Twinning for Industrial SustainabilityFriday 18 October 2019
The Centre for Industrial Sustainability has joined a partnership with Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and ISQ in Portugal under the umbrella of TRUST aiming to boost research excellence in the area of INDUSTRIAL SUSTAINABILITY.
IfM announce winners of University's first Postdoctoral AwardsFriday 18 October 2019
The IfM were proud to run a pilot scheme for Postdoctoral Awards - the first place in the University to take forward such a scheme. Awards were presented in three categories; Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Research and Excellence in Academic Citizenship.
IfM Briefing hosts world-renowned expert David TeeceWednesday 2 October 2019
The IfM Briefing on ‘Developing Industrial Capabilities’ on 23rd Sept drew a large audience to hear thought-provoking ideas from leading thinkers and practitioners.
Shoestring conference: Helping SME manufacturers access the benefits of digital technologyTuesday 1 October 2019
The 'Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring' open workshop drew in a large audience of SME manufacturers, providers and industry associations to find out how to engage with this radical research project.
Policy Links seminar for government on UK’s value chain capabilitiesMonday 30 September 2019
Carlos López-Gómez of the IfM's Policy Links Unit delivered a seminar at BEIS for UK government policy makers, on the recommendations of an IfM report into strengthening value chains for economic growth.
Podcast: Problem Solvers episode 2 - Augmented humansFriday 13 September 2019
This episode explores 'augmented humans', the engineering and ethical challenges of how humans interact with technology, with Dr Thomas Bohné and Dr Karina Vold.
How can environmental policy motivate greener industries? Have your sayThursday 29 August 2019
Researchers at the Institute for Manufacturing are working with the Environment Agency to explore the potential use of incentives within environmental regulation.
Restorative Pioneers Day, looking beyond sustainabilityThursday 25 July 2019
A recent event organised by the Centre for Industrial Sustainability brought together researchers and business leaders to explore how industrial activities could have a net-positive environmental impact.
Cambridge to host international summit for young leaders, with IfM researcher on organising committeeMonday 22 July 2019
Young leaders from across the UK and Latin America will gather in Cambridge in September to discuss science, policy and innovation for a changing world. IfM's Cristina Rodriguez-Rivero, on the organising committee, explains more.
Policy Links delivers report on Industry 4.0 security at GMISThursday 11 July 2019
David Leal-Ayala of IfM's Policy Links Unit delivered a keynote talk at the Global Manufacturing Summit (9-11 July, Yekaterinburg, Russia) on a new report on the Safety and Security Dimensions of Industry 4.0.
Insect protein steals the show – OI Forum pitching event won by ProtifarmTuesday 9 July 2019
An entrepreneurial producer of alternative protein, Protifarm, has been voted as the winner of the IfM’s Open Innovation Forum Spring pitching event, held in London on 26th June.
Podcast: Problem Solvers episode 1 - Sustainability in the food industryFriday 5 July 2019
Problem Solvers: the IfM podcast. Episode 1: We explore sustainable innovation in the food industry, with Professor Steve Evans and Gary Punter.
Innovation for food security and sustainability explored at first IfM BriefingThursday 4 July 2019
The first in a new series of IfM Briefings provided a platform for leading research and industrial case studies on sustainability and security in the global food industry.
IfM convenes leading international organisations on future manufacturing skillsMonday 1 July 2019
The IfM convened a roundtable event for researchers and policy analysts from leading international organisations (the OECD, UNIDO, UNCTAD and World Economic Forum) at Madingley Hall to consider issues for the future manufacturing workforce.
Celebrating IfM females as part of International Women in Engineering DayThursday 20 June 2019
To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day on 23rd June we asked some of IfM’s brilliant females to tell us about their work and what inspires them about engineering.
Low-cost automation ‘on a shoestring’ demos in actionWednesday 19 June 2019
New solutions for low-cost automation for SME manufacturers were demonstrated to project partners at the Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring meeting.
New report explains why UK manufacturing is underestimated in valueWednesday 12 June 2019
The economic value of manufacturing to the UK is being underestimated in official statistics, potentially by as much as half, according to a new report by Jostein Hauge and Eoin O'Sullivan.
MET Design Show 2019: Undergraduate product innovationsFriday 7 June 2019
This year’s MET Design Show on 5th June once again saw an impressive array of creative student inventions on display.
IfM opens its doors to welcome visitors at Showcase eventFriday 7 June 2019
On 6th June the IfM threw open its doors to over a hundred collaborators, friends and new connections, to showcase the diversity of work that takes place here.
The future of technology - feature by Great Northern railWednesday 22 May 2019
IfM colleagues discuss how simple technologies are transforming millions of lives each day, how VR is being utilised to safely train staff in some of the most dangerous jobs, and how the latest lasers are being developed to build the cities of the future.
Advancing Communities towards low-Carbon Energy Smart SystemsThursday 2 May 2019
IfM Education and Consultancy Services is part of 'ACCESS', a European project which is bringing together experts and governments around joint challenges to support larger uptake of low carbon grid-related technologies in communities and ‘Smart Cities’.
HCL joins the Cambridge Service Alliance with official signing ceremonyWednesday 1 May 2019
HCL Technologies officially joined the Cambridge Service Alliance as a gold member during a recent signing ceremony held in Cambridge.
Open Innovation Forum April meeting: Exploring collaborative R&DTuesday 30 April 2019
April's meeting focused on the theme of delivering health and well-being, and was hosted by Walgreens Boots Alliance in Nottingham, with over 60 participants from Forum members. We welcomed three new member companies to the consortium.
Low-cost digital solutions for large-scale manufacturersMonday 29 April 2019
Building on the growing momentum around our Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring initiative for SMEs, a recent workshop explored the possibilities for low-cost digitalisation options for larger companies.
IfM students build UK’s largest nitrous hybrid rocket engineMonday 15 April 2019
‘Pulsar’ engine was designed and constructed from scratch by Cambridge University Spaceflight (CUSF) students from the Engineering department.
The Department launches its 16th Annual Photography CompetitionMonday 8 April 2019
John Reddaway – an appreciationTuesday 2 April 2019
John Reddaway, who has died aged 92, was a Cambridge engineer who introduced what became known as the “Reddaway plan”, a pioneering approach that brought engineering students face-to-face with the practical demands of manufacturing industry and which remains the inspiration for much teaching and training at the IfM today.
Future Technology for Sustainability and Roadmapping events held in Tokyo, JapanMonday 1 April 2019
In March 2019, a series of IfM-related events were held in Tokyo, Japan to develop mutual learning opportunities between Japan and the UK.
Interview with Dr Jag Srai, newly appointed Co-Chair of Cambridge Global Food SecurityWednesday 27 March 2019
Dr Jag Srai has been appointed as the new Co-Chair of the Cambridge Global Food Security Interdisciplinary Research Centre, replacing Professor Chris Gilligan.
Kate Willsher wins Whitehall Industry Group leadership awardTuesday 12 March 2019
This well-deserved award for Kate Willsher, IfM ECS's Chief Operations Officer, recognises positive impact in leadership practice and leading teams.
Upcycled Toy Design received Best Creative Business Award at Bangkok Design Week 2019Monday 25 February 2019
An exciting culmination to an innovation project in Thailand, using a creative approach to upcycling waste products, saw one of the local entrepreneurial teams win a design award.
HVMC's Sam Turner joins IfM's Distinguished Speakers seriesThursday 14 February 2019
Professor Sam Turner from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult joined us at the IfM on 11th February, in the fourth guest talk in our ‘Distinguished Speakers’ series.
IfM professional staff recognised with university awardMonday 14 January 2019
IfM and IfM ECS support teams were proud to receive a 2018 University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor’s Professional Services Award; well-earned recognition of the amazing work that goes into making the IfM such a friendly, collaborative and innovative place at which to work and study.
Understanding roadmapping from the customer's perspectiveFriday 11 January 2019
Contribute to the latest research into the digitalisation of roadmapping by taking a survey on the customer perspectives. If you have used roadmapping in your organisation or taken part in roadmapping workshops, we would appreciate your feedback.
Professor Steve Evans contributes to Future of Engineering reportWednesday 19 December 2018
The Future of Engineering special report, published in The Times, addresses the concerns occupying the sector's leaders, featuring an opinion piece by Prof Steve Evans.
Roadmapping for digital transformation - take part in IfM researchWednesday 28 November 2018
The Centre for Technology Management is offering the opportunity for an organisation to participate in their research programme – specifically helping to plan/enhance digital transformation initiatives through the use of roadmapping.
Chips with everything: Start-ups pitch their innovations to food and drink multinational 'dragons'Tuesday 27 November 2018
The Open Innovation Forum’s annual pitching competition, organised by IfM for start-ups in the food, drink and FMCG sectors, has been won this year by an ingenious, portable DNA test which can rapidly identify contamination risks in food.
Leverhulme Trust Lecture: Technology, IP & Innovation in the EconomyTuesday 27 November 2018
Thought-leadership at the UK's biggest manufacturing conferenceThursday 22 November 2018
IfM played a key role at the largest manufacturing event in the UK, Digital Manufacturing Week, with speakers, workshops, our exhibition stand, and plenty of engagement. Catch up with what you missed.
IfM Review Issue 9: Collaborations that make a differenceMonday 5 November 2018
The latest issue of IfM Review features outstanding examples of recent collaborative projects across the IfM.
Boeing talk: Making it lighter, cheaper and fasterMonday 5 November 2018
We were lucky to be joined on 30 Oct by Dr Leo Christodoulou of The Boeing Company, who talked to an engaged IfM audience about the exciting engineering challenges of aerospace manufacturing.
CIM Symposium 2018: The impact of advanced technologies on supply chainsMonday 15 October 2018
A packed programme at the 22nd Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium featured keynote talks from senior executives and thought leaders.
Advancing policymakers understanding of regional innovation fundingFriday 27 July 2018
CSTI brings together policymakers and researchers to explore ‘place-based’ funding programmes.
IfM Design Show 2018: Inventive undergraduate product prototypesWednesday 6 June 2018
MET students displayed their original products, designed to have real business potential for an identified market. 2018 projects include Hexamill, Leaflogger, Soap for Life, the Hyperbot Pro, and several more creative inventions.
Manufacturing a Better World: IfM hosts vibrant 2018 Briefing DayFriday 18 May 2018
Leaders and senior executives from industry, government and academia gathered together for a lively and thought-provoking annual Briefing Day at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) on 17th May.
'How Stuff Gets Made' - IfM and Faculty of Education deliver outreach days in primary schoolsTuesday 8 May 2018
Children in local primary schools around Cambridge have been learning more about ‘How Stuff Gets Made’ thanks to a programme being delivered by engineering students and researchers and the Faculty of Education.
Technology and innovation in the oil and gas sectorMonday 30 April 2018
Research from the Institute for Manufacturing will be discussed at the Future Oil & Gas conference in Aberdeen on 12 June 2018.
IfM joins collaborative project to strengthen the Internet of ThingsFriday 20 April 2018
The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), part of the Department of Engineering, has been selected to help enhance the Internet of Things (IoT) as part of a new collaborative project.
Policy links delivers report on international innovation policies to the Brazilian Industrial Board (CNI)Monday 9 April 2018
Policy Links presented the results of a study on international approaches to innovation policy, commissioned by the Brazilian Industrial Board (CNI).
Science Festival at the IfM - Winners announced for i-Teams competitionWednesday 4 April 2018
Budding young engineers and scientists were treated to a plethora of exhibits at the West Cambridge site on the last Saturday in March.
Transforming medicines manufacturing: REMEDIES partners meetingWednesday 14 March 2018
ReMediES partners meet at the IfM to report on progress as this phase of the project nears completion.
Sharing in Growth wins national skills innovation awardWednesday 7 March 2018
IfM Education and Consultancy Services are a delivery partner for the Sharing in Growth programme which has just won the Semta Innovation Award.
New framework for modelling pharmaceutical supply chainsTuesday 27 February 2018
In an article for Pharma Horizon, Dr Ettore Settanni and Dr Jag Srai propose a groundbreaking new framework for modelling supply chains in the pharmaceutical sector.
IfM providing supply chain expertise for major research collaboration to transform Indian agricultureFriday 23 February 2018
Dr Jag Srai, Head of IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing, is taking part in a three-day workshop in Delhi to launch the TIGR2ESS project.
Dr Jag Srai talks about digital supply chains for the World Economic ForumMonday 15 January 2018
Dr Srai has written a blog, been interviewed for a podcast and guest edited the World Economic Forum's Agenda Weekly Expert Edition, sharing insights on digital supply chains with WEF's community of experts.
IfM Review Issue 8: The next production revolutionThursday 4 January 2018
Rapid advances in production technologies, particularly when allied with the digitalisation of manufacturing, promise a huge range of opportunities for national governments and individual firms.
Letizia Mortara appointed head of R&D Management Conference OfficeMonday 18 December 2017
IfM expertise to contribute to new Centre for Digital Built BritainSunday 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 CompetitionThursday 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.
A new form of globalisation and what it means for supply chainsWednesday 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.
IfM researcher shortlisted for prestigious Newton PrizeTuesday 17 October 2017
Dr Ajith Parlikad's project to develop Smart Manufacturing technologies in India has been shortlisted for the 2017 Newton Prize.
Professor Tim Minshall appointed Head of the Institute for ManufacturingTuesday 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 prosperWednesday 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 2017Wednesday 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 manufacturingFriday 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.
MET student in battle for LEGO supremacy in new tv showFriday 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 delegationWednesday 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 KumarThursday 3 August 2017
Dr Mukesh Kumar talks about his work on food security as part of the Cambridge Global Food Security Strategic Research Initiative.
Why the skills gap is a major barrier to the adoption of additive manufacturingTuesday 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.
Transforming Indian agriculture: IfM key partner in tackling major global challengeFriday 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.
Second Life for Retired Batteries from Electric VehiclesThursday 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 collaborationsThursday 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.
Professor Steve Evans talks about how to love factories at Hay FestivalWednesday 14 June 2017
Professor Steve Evans, Head of IfM's Centre for Industrial Sustainability, gives talk at Hay Festival.
Big data essential for customer loyalty measurementsTuesday 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 futureWednesday 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 technologiesWednesday 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.
A vision for multidisciplinary engineering researchTuesday 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 RevolutionTuesday 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 engagementTuesday 23 May 2017
Industry experts at the forefront of software IP management presented at the latest Strategic Intellectual Property Forum.
IfM Briefing Day 2017 The next production revolutionFriday 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.
IfM Review Issue 7: Manufacturing a better worldMonday 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.
Untangling the spaghettiFriday 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.
Maintenance mattersFriday 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 operationsFriday 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.
High-value products from industrial wasteTuesday 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 EuropeTuesday 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 BrazilWednesday 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.
Innovating at scale: Business model innovation in the UKTuesday 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’.
Policy Links report launched at global United Nations conference on manufacturingWednesday 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 TobagoWednesday 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 uncertaintyTuesday 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.
Cambridge Service Alliance deputy director appointmentWednesday 15 March 2017
Dr Mohamed Zaki has been appointed as Deputy Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance (CSA).
Integrating roadmapping into whole of company strategy planningTuesday 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.
IfM Head appointed to new role leading University of Cambridge's engagement with industryMonday 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.
The importance of standards in a digital worldThursday 8 December 2016
IfM has just published a report, commissioned by BSI (British Standards Institute), which looks at the challenges for UK manufacturers of ‘going digital’ – and how standards and good practice can help the UK benefit from the digital revolution.
Manufacturing leadership in the age of digital disruptionThursday 8 December 2016
Professor Andy Neely, Head of the IfM and the Cambridge Service Alliance, suggests that industry leaders should focus on five key areas if they want to survive the journey to a digital future.
The digitalisation of manufacturing economiesWednesday 7 December 2016
Eoin O’Sullivan, Head of the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, reflects on different policy perspectives, priorities and initiatives in key manufacturing economies (USA, Germany and Japan) and considers the implications for the UK.
MET alum named Young Engineer of the Year at the NMI 2016 AwardsThursday 1 December 2016
IfM alumnus Keno Mario-Ghae has been named Young Engineer of the Year at the National Microelectronics Institute’s (NMI) 2016 Awards.
Innovative food technology start-up wins Open Innovation Food and FMCG Pitching EventWednesday 30 November 2016
Start-up Nuritas, which uses artificial intelligence and DNA analysis to create health-benefiting ingredients has won the 5th Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event held in London on 23 November at Food Matters Live.
A disruptive influenceThursday 24 November 2016
Stewart McTavish, Director of ideaSpace, Cambridge’s hub for early stage innovation and CTM Head Dr Tim Minshall reflect on how Stewart came to be running ideaSpace, how he has seen his vision for it become a reality, what he plans to do next – and how he invented crowdfunding.
Getting smart with digitalThursday 24 November 2016
Dr Alexandra Brintrup, recently appointed to the new post of Lecturer in Digital Manufacturing, explains how the IfM’s Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) has been at the forefront of digital thinking for the last two decades with its research into intelligent processes, products and services.
IfM Review Issue 6 - What's new at the IfM - NovemberMonday 21 November 2016
Issue 6 of the Institute for Manufacturing Review is now online. Articles include the digitalisation of manufacturing economies, new ways to manage the digital end-to-end supply chain and the importance of standards and best practice in the digital era.
IfM awarded best outreach ambassador for its Science Festival activitiesTuesday 11 October 2016
The IfM has won a Cambridge BID Customer Experience Special Recognition Award for its participation in the Cambridge Science Festival 2016.
Rolls-Royce Director of Manufacturing, Dr Hamid Mughal gives inspiring talk at the IfMThursday 6 October 2016
Dr Hamid Mughal, Director of Manufacturing at Rolls-Royce, visited the IfM this week to share his thoughts on UK manufacturing.
IfM researchers create ground-breaking ultraflexible batteryWednesday 5 October 2016
Researchers from the IfM’s NanoManufacturing group have created an innovative carbon nanotube structure which allows them to create extremely flexible batteries with superior performance.
IfM Head, Professor Andy Neely to speak at Financial Times Future of Manufacturing SummitWednesday 28 September 2016
Professor Andy Neely has been invited to be a panellist at the Financial Times Future of Manufacturing Summit on Tuesday 4 October in London.
Food & FMCG giants are looking for innovators to pitch them new ideasThursday 22 September 2016
Senior leaders from major food and FMCG firms, part of the Open Innovation (OI) Forum, are holding a pitching event on 23 November at Food Matters Live, ExCel, London.
IfM Head, Andy Neely awarded Institution of Engineering and Technology Achievement Medal for ManufacturingMonday 19 September 2016
Professor Andy Neely, Head of the Institute of Manufacturing and Founding Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance, has been awarded an Achievement Medal for Manufacturing.
IfM publishes report highlighting opportunities and challenges for UK manufacturingMonday 19 September 2016
The IfM has published a new consultation paper looking at the UK’s High Value Manufacturing (HVM) landscape over the next 15 to 20 years.
Innovative waffle machine designed by IfM students competes for Dyson AwardMonday 8 August 2016
A revolutionary continuous-flow waffle machine designed by undergraduate students at the IfM has been entered into the James Dyson Award 2016 competition.
IfM ECS workshop brings academia and industry together to define bulk superconductivity research strategyTuesday 19 July 2016
A roadmapping workshop facilitated by IfM ECS brought academics and industrialists together to develop an industrially-relevant strategy for bulk superconductivity research.
Autumn courses, conferences and events - What's new at the IfM - JulyThursday 14 July 2016
September is just around the corner – and at the IfM this marks the start of a busy season packed with courses, conferences and events for our industrial and academic delegates.
Digital supply chains: Jag Srai takes part in The Economist Manufacturing ForumMonday 4 July 2016
Dr Jag Srai, Head of the IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing, was a panellist at The Economist's Manufacturing Forum.
The Nature, Location and Functioning of International Research CollaborationsWednesday 22 June 2016
The report follows a workshop which explored effective practices for building and nurturing effective international collaborations in manufacturing research which was hosted for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
Understanding Business Model Innovation - What's new at the IfM - JuneThursday 2 June 2016
Our new White Paper looks at the theoretical challenges underpinning business model innovation and makes recommendations for academia, business, funding councils and government.
A new White Paper has been published by the Business Model Innovation Research Programme at the IfMWednesday 1 June 2016
The Business Model Innovation White Paper (developed jointly by the University of Cambridge and the University of Exeter) looks at the challenges and opportunities presented by the unifying concept of the business model.
Bridging the gap - How to create business tools and processes that really workTuesday 17 May 2016
Dr Imoh Ilevbare, Product Manager for IfM Education and Consultancy Services, describes the IfM’s approach to developing business tools and processes from cutting-edge research.
Make the most of your IP - register for the next Strategic Intellectual Property ForumFriday 13 May 2016
The third Strategic Intellectual Property Forum, a half-day seminar designed to help companies better understand innovation and IP management, will take place on 24 May at the IfM.
Leonardo da Vinci: the first systematic study of frictionMonday 9 May 2016
Friction is immensely important to us – without it, for example, we could not walk or even crawl – yet it is only 50 years since a special word – ‘tribology’ – was first coined to describe its study.
Design for Transformation - What's new at the IfM - MayTuesday 3 May 2016
The IfM’s Design Management Group uses experience-based and academically-underpinned tools to transform a company’s product range, deliver sustainable growth and produce improvements to productivity.
The Cambridge Value Mapping ToolMonday 25 April 2016
The Cambridge Value Mapping Tool has been developed and refined over the last five years. It uses a structured and visual approach to identify ‘value uncaptured’ in the form of failed value exchanges: value missed, destroyed, surplus, and absence.
A new collaborative award for Vaggelis GiannikasMonday 25 April 2016
Dr Vaggelis Giannikas, research associate in the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, has been awarded a Cambridge-PSL-French Embassy Fund to establish a new collaboration with Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University (PSL).
Cambridge Auto-ID lab showcased its latest researchSunday 24 April 2016
Researchers from the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, Dr Vaggelis Giannikas and Dr Alexandra Brintrup represented the Cambridge Auto-ID lab at the GS1 Global Forum in Brussels in February.
Report from AMSCI quarterly meetingFriday 22 April 2016
Tariq Masood and Brian Robertson from the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory attended quarterly meeting of Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) - Advanced Manufacturing of Homes, Buildings and Infrastructure (AMHBI) which was held at Grundfos Pumps Ltd, Sunderland on 15th April 2016.
A social network of things - New approaches to asset managementWednesday 20 April 2016
Dr Ajith Parlikad, Head of the IfM’s Asset Management Group, explains how effective asset management can deliver significant value both for manufacturers and for infrastructure owners and operators – and how his team is developing a ‘social network of things’ which has the potential to revolutionise the way in which organisations manage their assets.
Supplying innovation: unlocking innovation in the supply chainFriday 15 April 2016
The Cambridge Service Alliance have launched a new white paper 'Supplying Innovation - Unlocking Innovative Behaviours in the Supply Chain'.
No contact required: Digital inkjet printing enables new applicationsMonday 4 April 2016
Dr Steve Hoath, Senior Research Associate at the Inkjet Research Centre of the IfM explains how his and colleagues’ work is focused on understanding the underlying science of inkjet printing.
Zhenglin Liang at The System Engineering and Management Science ConferenceMonday 4 April 2016
Zhenglin Liang participated in The System Engineering and Management Science Conference which took place in Beijing from the 1st – 2nd April 2016.
Manufacturing leadersFriday 1 April 2016
Roger Connor is President, Global Manufacturing & Supply at GSK. He met Judith Shawcross, Head of Professional and Executive Development at the IfM, to talk about the time he spent in Cambridge on the Manufacturing Leaders’ Programme (MLP) – and how it remains relevant to the challenges he faces today.
IfM Review Issue 5 - What's new at the IfM - AprilFriday 1 April 2016
Issue 5 of the Institute for Manufacturing Review is now available online. Articles include the importance of business model innovation, advances in inkjet printing and fluid engineering, the 'social network of things' and the benefits and challenges of embedding roadmapping.
Liquid assetsThursday 24 March 2016
Understanding fluids and their behaviour is key to developing new manufacturing processes and a wide range of applications. Professor Ian Hutchings, Head of the Inkjet Research Centre, and Dr Ronan Daly, Head of the Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing Group, explain how the IfM’s research in this area has evolved over the last ten years – and where they see it heading.
The Newsletter of the Centre for Technology Management - March 2016Wednesday 23 March 2016
Read the March issue of the Centre for Technology Management Newsletter.
'Where there is light, there is shadow' EPSRC photo competition winnerTuesday 22 March 2016
Jon Parkins has been announced as the EPSRC Science Photo Competition entry winner for the Innovation category.
Colour Marketing Services: increased profits and future orders for specialist colour cards firmMonday 21 March 2016
IfM ECS has recently worked with Colour Marketing Services, a manufacturer of colour systems and samples.
What we do at the IfMFriday 18 March 2016
The People, Projects and Activities 2016 report provides an insight into the range of work we do in all areas of manufacturing, from carbon nanotubes to global supply chains, from supporting national R&D strategies to understanding the impact of the ‘digital revolution’.
CSTI and Policy Links host 'smart specialisation' workshop for the region's agri-tech communityFriday 11 March 2016
The IfM’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) and its knowledge exchange unit, Policy Links, held a ‘smart specialisation’ workshop this week bringing together the agri-tech community in the East of England. The workshop was designed to identify the distinctive strengths of the region as one of Europe’s leading agri-tech clusters.
Balancing push and pull strategies within the production systemMonday 7 March 2016
Dr Alena Puchkova, research associate in the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, presented a paper called "Balancing push and pull strategies within the production system" at the 7th IFAC Conference on Management and Control of Production and Logistics.
Record attendance expected for the R&D Management Conference and PhD ColloquiumThursday 3 March 2016
Preparations are in full swing for a record attendance at this year’s R&D Management Conference, hosted by the Centre for Technology Management at Churchill College.
Reducing the risk of failure in new product developmentTuesday 1 March 2016
New Practice Guide examines the front end of innovation and considers how this can be organised using formal processes to avoid such failures in innovation processes, and to improve the success of the innovation pipeline.
Podcast - The importance of academia to the manufacturing landscapeThursday 25 February 2016
In this interview podcast, Andy Neely discusses his views on how the manufacturing landscape wouldn't be the same without academia.
Making It - Advanced Manufacturing in the Liverpool City Region to 2020Wednesday 17 February 2016
The Liverpool City Region (LCR) has a vision to become a global manufacturing hotspot with the smartest networks, talent, technology and investment.
IfM convenes manufacturing and innovation policy workshop with senior UK and German policymakersFriday 12 February 2016
In January 2016 the IfM’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) brought together a high profile group of policymakers and practitioners from UK and German institutions to share experiences and identify best practices in implementing innovation policies.
Manufacturing your future - High value manufacturing at the Alconbury Enterprise CampusThursday 11 February 2016
The new Alconbury Enterprise Campus in Cambridgeshire needed a clear vision to develop the economic potential of the exciting new facility. It required a better understanding of the sector strengths of the region, and to identify any gaps that could be used to inform decisions on training provision for its technical and vocational training centre.
Opportunities and Challenges in Additive ManufacturingMonday 8 February 2016
Dr Tim Minshall who leads the bit-by-bit project at the IfM explains why Additive Manufacturing (or 3D Printing) could have huge application in sectors from cars to space stations.
Getting up to speed with automationWednesday 3 February 2016
More than 50 manufacturing companies visited the IfM last week. A mix of SMEs and multinationals, they were all there to learn how automation can help grow their businesses, improve their productivity and create better working environments for their staff.
What's new at the IfM - February - Seven Critical Success Factors in the Shift to ServicesTuesday 2 February 2016
A new Executive Briefing from the Cambridge Service Alliance, 'Seven Critical Success Factors in the Shift to Services’, sets out a roadmap for making the shift to services journey.
BLOG: How can we develop effective and mutually beneficial strategic university-industry partnerships?Monday 1 February 2016
What more can universities and companies do to develop effective and mutually beneficial strategic partnerships? A report by Tomas Coates Ulrichsen and Eoin O’Sullivan at the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) at the IfM focuses on this important question.
Add a service dimension to your businessFriday 29 January 2016
Dr Veronica Martinez explains that UK manufacturing companies often cannot compete on price alone, while product differentiation is getting more difficult and expensive. Services are the key to creating a more diversified business and to building stronger customer relationships, she argues.
Smart Products Through-Life WorkshopFriday 29 January 2016
On 28th January DIAL hosted the Smart Products Through-Life workshop which was second in the series of three, which aims to establish collaboration and outline the research roadmap required to support smart products through-life.
Lean and agile strategies key to outsmart the competitionWednesday 27 January 2016
Dr Rob Phaal from the Centre for Technology Management at the IfM in this short video makes the case for lean and agile strategy as a source of competitive advantage.
AMSCI-AMHBI consortium meeting and D(FMA)2 workshop on high-level information flowsTuesday 26 January 2016
A quarterly meeting of Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) – Advanced Manufacturing of Homes, Buildings and Infrastructure (AMHBI) was held at BRE, Watford on 22 January 2016 with a consortium dinner the night before. The meeting was jointly organised by Laing O’Rourke, BRE and University of Cambridge - DIAL and Engineering Design Centre (EDC).
Enabling the 4th industrial revolution - "industrie 4.0" or the "internet of things"?Monday 25 January 2016
I've been struck recently by the range of people talking about new digital and data developments in manufacturing. Of particular interest has been the apparent explosion of discussion about industrie 4.0, internet plus and the industrial internet.
First Repair Services for Domestic Appliances WorkshopWednesday 20 January 2016
Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory group is currently engaged in scoping a research project to look at Enhanced Repair of Domestic Appliances.
Webinar - Innovating Your Business Model: The Capability Assessment ToolWednesday 13 January 2016
In this webinar Andy Neely revisits original research conducted by the Cambridge Service Alliance which set out to answer the question - 'what capabilities do firms need to successfully innovate their business model for services and solutions'.
What's new at the IfM - January - The Year AheadFriday 8 January 2016
2016 promises to be an exciting year for everyone involved in manufacturing as we continue to embrace new technologies, new business models and changing customer expectations - as well as the increasingly pressing need to run businesses in a way which will preserve our planet for future generations.
Prize awarded to Tadas Kartanas at VitaScientia 2016Monday 4 January 2016
Congratulations to Tadas Kartanas, who was selected as the 2nd best short oral presentation at the recent 2nd Vita Scientia conference at the Joint Centre for Life Sciences in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Seasons greetings from the Institute for ManufacturingWednesday 23 December 2015
Developing successful people, capabilities and businessesTuesday 22 December 2015
Judith Shawcross, Head of Professional and Executive Development at the IfM, explains why manufacturing and technology companies need scientists, engineers and technologists who can operate at a strategic business level, work across functional divides and integrate their technical knowledge into business planning.
Additive manufacturing: understanding the bigger pictureMonday 21 December 2015
Governments around the world have high hopes for Additive Manufacturing (AM) – also widely referred to as ‘3D printing’. But if it is to have the economic impact they are looking for, there needs to be a better understanding of both the huge opportunities AM presents as well as the barriers that may prevent it realising its potential.
Understanding the customer: new service-based business modelsFriday 18 December 2015
At the Cambridge Service Alliance we are exploring new service-based business models and, in particular, what the business to business (B2B) world needs to learn from consumer-focused companies.
Big and clever: a system-wide approach to data analyticsThursday 17 December 2015
The Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) at the IfM are working with companies to develop smart ways of using data to improve performance and increase resilience.
2015 MRS Fall Meeting and Exhibition BostonFriday 4 December 2015
Yoanna Shams from the Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing (FIAM) group and the CDT in Ultra Precision attended the MRS meeting in Boston for a five-day conference covering a wide range of Materials Science and Engineering topics. Yoanna presented her work on combining inkjet printing with ultra-fast laser ablation to manufacture nanomaterial-based sensors.
PrISMS programme publishes preliminary results of its work with UK SMEsThursday 3 December 2015
The preliminary results of IfM Education and Consultancy Services’ (IfM ECS) three-year work helping SMEs through the PrISMS programme have just been released.
What's new at the IfM - December - Latest from the Centre for International ManufacturingTuesday 1 December 2015
These are interesting times for global manufacturers. At our recent annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium, we learnt first-hand from companies such as Cisco, Jaguar Land Rover and Schneider Electric about the radical transformations they are undergoing as they move towards increasingly connected, smarter, digitally-enabled supply chains.
IfM students shine in engineering photo competitionTuesday 1 December 2015
Four PhD students at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) participated in the 2015 Carl Zeiss Photography competition, with one winning second prize.
Make the most of your intellectual property - register for the Strategic Intellectual Property Forum at the IfM on December 8thMonday 30 November 2015
The IfM has joined forces with Cambridge-based intellectual property firm Avidity IP to start the Strategic Intellectual Property Forum.
Pharma Integrates 2015 - Video from Panel Session with Dr Jag SraiFriday 27 November 2015
Watch the video with Dr Jag Srai from the panel session at Pharma Integrates 2015 on the topoc of Advanced Manufacturing – Moving the Contracting Relationships On?
Open Innovation Food and FMCG Pitching Event winners announcedWednesday 25 November 2015
On Tuesday 17 November, 18 innovators pitched their new ideas for food-related products and services to members of the Open Innovation Forum – a group of senior executives from major food and FMCG firms, such as Mars, Unilever, General Mills, Tate & Lyle, Tesco and Crown Packaging.
IfM ECS helps create roadmap to boost European manufacturing through ICT researchWednesday 25 November 2015
IfM Education and Consultancy Services has helped EU-funded project Road4FAME to create a roadmap to align future information and communication technology research with the needs of European manufacturing businesses.
Making a better futureTuesday 24 November 2015
Imagine a world where factories clean the water they use, where the air is higher quality leaving the factory than it is coming in, where locally available materials are used in advanced processes to create personalised versions of global products, and where everyone wants to work in factories because they offer the highest value jobs.
Industrial Evolution - Making British Manufacturing SustainableFriday 20 November 2015
Report from the UK Manufacturing Commission Inquiry into Industrial Sustainability in which vital measures are outlined that government and industry should take to ensure that British manufacturing is here to stay.
IfM Hosts Annual Symposium of the Engineering Education Research NetworkFriday 13 November 2015
The Manufacturing Industry Education Research Group at the IfM has hosted the 3rd Annual Symposium of the UK & Ireland Engineering Education Research Network.
Watch the interview with Dr Jag Srai on Cambridge TVWednesday 11 November 2015
Dr Jag Srai from the Centre for International Manufacturing at the IfM has recently taken part in an interview for Cambridge TV.
IfM ECS helps to unlock huge opportunities for specialist metals fabricator Stainless MetalcraftMonday 9 November 2015
Stainless Metalcraft is a high specification fabrication and machining company planning to triple its turnover helped by expert facilitation from IfM ECS through the Civil Nuclear Sharing in Growth programme.
New handbook to help with grant applicationsFriday 6 November 2015
Offering basic tips for researchers preparing grant applications including advice on how to communicate the novelty, strengths and importance of your research ideas, as well as how to convey your abilities to plan, manage and deliver on your project.
Small but mighty: the manufacturing challenges of nanotechnologyTuesday 3 November 2015
Head of NanoManufacturing at the IfM, Dr Michaël de Volder explains why manufacturing carbon nanotubes is so difficult – and so important.
The Newsletter of the Centre for Technology Management - November 2015Sunday 1 November 2015
Read the November issue of the Centre for Technology Management Newsletter.
Connecting the unconnected: New thinking on next generation supply chainsFriday 30 October 2015
As the annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium marks its twentieth year Dr Tomás Harrington, Dr Jag Srai and Paul Christodoulou from the IfM’s Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM) reflect on the new supply chain thinking that is emerging from companies such as Cisco, Coca-Cola, Jaguar Land Rover, Johnson Matthey, Cambridge University Press and Schneider Electric.
Seeing the bigger picture: How experts at Atos are becoming trusted advisorsFriday 30 October 2015
IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) has developed a bespoke executive education programme for IT experts at the global technology company, Atos.
IfM Review Issue 4Friday 30 October 2015
This issue includes articles on: 50 years of manufacturing at Cambridge – research, education and practice; The IfM’s distinctive approach to science, technology & innovation policy; The manufacturing challenges of nanotechnology; New thinking about next generation supply chains; Executive and professional development: how experts at Atos are becoming ‘trusted advisors'; And an alumni interview with Jonathan Duck - MET over Lunch.
20th Anniversary of the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL)Thursday 29 October 2015
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) – having started in 1995 as the Manufacturing Automation and Control Systems Group and briefly morphing into the Centre for Distributed Automation and Control or CDAC.
50 years of manufacturing at CambridgeMonday 26 October 2015
2015 is an important year for the IfM. This October sees the 50th annual intake of students on its MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management. This was a pioneering course when it was first conceived and its twenty-first century graduates are more sought after than ever. October 2015 is also when Professor Sir Mike Gregory retires after 20 years leading manufacturing research, education and practice at the University of Cambridge and we welcome his successor, Professor Andy Neely.
Maintenance optimisation for multi-component assets with fault propagationMonday 26 October 2015
The reliability engineering community has been battling with the difficulty of modelling the complex behaviour of asset deterioration. One of the key research areas receiving increasing attention is to use mathematical models to capture the phenomenon of dependences among components within multi-component assets.
Supporting sustainable growth in the East of EnglandMonday 19 October 2015
A three-year project has significantly enhanced the growth prospects of 120 manufacturing SMEs across the Eastern Region, leading to the creation of approximately 140 new jobs and safeguarding many more.
Conference Summary - Creating Value Through Customer ServicesFriday 16 October 2015
In a world of data enabled ecosystems - Podcasts, presentations and posters.
Asset management workshopFriday 16 October 2015
Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction held an industrial workshop on Asset Management at the Institute for Manufacturing on the 28th of September. The workshop brought together practitioners across different infrastructure sectors to discuss the emerging challenges in asset management, and to help the Centre set directions for future research.
Keeping the supply chain flowingThursday 8 October 2015
In this age of rapid and escalating change, what can businesses do to flourish? Take a look at their supply chains, say researchers in the Centre for International Manufacturing, part of the IfM, based on their research in the UK and India.
What's new at the IfM - OctoberThursday 1 October 2015
Today is my first day as the Head of the IfM. My predecessor, Mike Gregory, leaves us in great shape to carry on doing what we do best - developing new insights into manufacturing and sharing them as widely as possible to help build successful businesses and industries.
Strategic technology and innovation management consortium programme 2016Tuesday 29 September 2015
The 2016 programme launch meeting will be hosted in Cambridge on Wednesday 18 November, providing interested companies with an opportunity to shape the programme for next year.
Big Data - the art of the possibleMonday 28 September 2015
The latest in a series of CSIC Future Technologies Workshops, Big Data – the Art of the Possible, attracted 50 leading professionals and academics from more than 30 organisations keen to discuss big data in the context of smart infrastructure and construction.
EPSRC Manufacturing the Future conference hosted by the IfMMonday 21 September 2015
Nearly 300 of the UK’s top academics, industrialists and government representatives were in Cambridge last week discussing how to support innovation and world-class manufacturing in the UK.
Polish scientists learn about innovation and technology management at the IfMFriday 18 September 2015
75 Polish scientists have spent their summer in Cambridge, learning how to manage collaborative research projects and bring high-technology products to market.
Job Opportunities at the Centre for International ManufacturingFriday 18 September 2015
The Centre for International Manufacturing is now hiring for Research Assistants/Associates.
Deans' Forum Lecture Series - University of TokyoMonday 14 September 2015
Qingxin Zhang from the Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing (FIAM) group attended the Deans’ Forum at the University of Tokyo for a five-day intensive lecture programme about microfluidics and its biomedical applications.
The six burning questions for firms looking to make money from big dataFriday 11 September 2015
Big data has been touted as the 'new oil for business', representing incredible potential financial rewards. How should they go about using it, asks Professor Andy Neely.
The six burning questions for firms looking to make money from big dataFriday 11 September 2015
Big data has been touted as the 'new oil for business', representing incredible potential financial rewards. How should they go about using it, asks Professor Andy Neely.
IfM work on UK pharmaceutical supply chains scales up as project moves into next phaseTuesday 25 August 2015
£11.2m of government funding for the REMEDIES (RE-configuring MEDIcines End-to-end Supply) project has been approved, meaning work on the project can accelerate into its next phase.
Podcast - Making the Shift to Services in the Animal Health IndustryTuesday 25 August 2015
Podcast Interview with Dr Veronica Martinez on 'Making the Shift to Services in the Animal Health Industry'.
Building strategic university-industry partnerships: lessons from the UK and USWednesday 12 August 2015
A new report discussing key lessons and effective practices from UK and US experiences for building and nurturing effective and mutually beneficial strategic university-industry partnerships.
Understanding strategic decisions in technology development projectsMonday 27 July 2015
The Centre for Technology Management have launched a research study to better understand strategic decisions that need to be taken in the different stages of technology development projects.
INDIN 2015 Conference - special session hosted at the IfMSunday 26 July 2015
In July, researchers from the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory were actively involved in the IEEE INDIN 2015 conference on Industrial Informatics.
Self-Healing and Smart Coatings: The Future of MaterialsThursday 23 July 2015
Dr Ronan Daly describes new research into sensors and smart surfaces can be designed and deployed to extend the operating life of machinery and manufactured products.
IfM's work with Linde Gases results in prestigious 'Red Dot' awardTuesday 21 July 2015
In 2014 IfM helped Linde Gases develop its technologically advanced gas cylinder valve, EVOS™ Ci. On 29 June Linde received the 2015 ‘Red Dot’ award for Product Design, seeing off competition from nearly 5,000 other entries.
Manufacturing the Future conference: key speakers confirmedTuesday 21 July 2015
Leading UK academics, industrialists and senior government representatives will gather at the fourth EPSRC Manufacturing the Future Conference at the University of Cambridge on 17 and 18 September 2015.
Cutting edge research presented at the 4th Annual Sustainability conferenceMonday 20 July 2015
The EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability (CIS) held its Fourth Annual Conference on 6-7 July at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
Mukesh Kumar Podcast from the - UK-India food supply chains: sustainability and food security conferenceMonday 13 July 2015
Listen now to the podcast of Dr Mukesh Kumar Podcast from the UK-India food supply chains: sustainability and food security conference.
Can you help Mars, PepsiCo and Heineken find innovative solutions to their business challenges?Wednesday 1 July 2015
Pitch your ideas and products to senior leaders from major food and FMCG firms at the 4th Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event on 17 November at Food Matters Live, ExCel, London.
Happy Academy: children's greetings cards that nurture positive emotionsTuesday 30 June 2015
Happy Academy is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.
IfM to hold first Strategic Intellectual Property ForumMonday 29 June 2015
The Institute for Manufacturing is launching the Strategic Intellectual Property Forum (SIPF) to support companies in using their IP when making strategic decisions. The Forum's first event will be held on Tuesday 7 July.
dB Broadcast: delivering broadcast system integration from studio to transmission worldwideTuesday 23 June 2015
dB Broadcast is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.
Researchers at the IfM win prize at the Institute of Asset Management Annual ConferenceFriday 19 June 2015
CSIC’s Asset Management team based at the Institute for Manufacturing has won a prize for the Best Poster and Presentation at the Institute of Asset Management (IAM) Annual Conference 2015.
Photonics PhD student explains influence of Star Wars novel on her workThursday 18 June 2015
PhD student Karen Yu explains how George Lucas' Star Wars novel has influenced her work in the field of photonic lasers as part of the University of Cambridge's 'Novel Thoughts' project.
MET students display their innovative projects at the 2015 Design ShowWednesday 17 June 2015
Teams of MET students completed a major design project to develop a new product with real business potential, which they then presented at the Design Show on 3 June.
Call for Evidence: development of UK National Strategy for Additive Manufacturing/3D printingFriday 12 June 2015
Researchers from the Institute for Manufacturing are helping to run a nationwide Call for Evidence to support the development of a UK national strategy for additive manufacturing/3D printing (AM-3DP).
IfM ECS helps identify priorities for manufacturing research in EuropeFriday 12 June 2015
IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) is taking part in a project to advise the European Commission on priorities for research to help boost manufacturing productivity and competitiveness across Europe.
Senior civil service officials from Pakistan visit the IfMThursday 4 June 2015
A ten-member delegation comprising senior civil servants from various administrative sections of the Government of Pakistan paid a visit to the IfM on 25 May.
Ecotile: boosting growth through innovation and efficiencyMonday 1 June 2015
Ecotile is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.
Understanding the landscape: High value manufacturing strategies for the regionsFriday 22 May 2015
IfM ECS has been working with Swindon and Wiltshire LEP and the Liverpool City Region LEP to help them develop their own vision for high value manufacturing in their regions, and to do so in a way that supports national initiatives.
Good things come in smart packaging: an IfM ECS/Lloyds Bank thought leadership eventThursday 21 May 2015
Industry experts and researchers shared their insights on smart packaging and its applications in the food and drink industry in a thought leadership event held at the IfM.
Alumnus Phil Sorrell helps revolutionise high street banking with mobile innovationFriday 15 May 2015
Over a decade ago, Phil Sorrell set up FE-Mobile and with colleagues created the world’s first highly secure downloadable mobile banking platform, now used by millions worldwide.
Newton Commercial: in the driving seat in the classic car marketTuesday 5 May 2015
Newton Commercial is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.
The Manufacturability Challenges of Emerging TechnologiesFriday 1 May 2015
This CSTI project 'Pathways to Manufacturing' aims to advance understanding of the manufacturability challenges faced when deploying a new technology at scale.
Speakers from Jaguar Land Rover, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Cisco confirmed at Cambridge International Manufacturing SymposiumThursday 30 April 2015
An outstanding line-up of speakers from industry and academia have confirmed their presence at the 19th Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium on 24-25 September.
A new research initiative - AMSCIWednesday 29 April 2015
Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) at the Institute for Manufacturing is pleased to introduce a new research project in liaison with the Engineering Design Centre (EDC), aimed at advanced manufacturing of smart products for homes, buildings and infrastructure.
The Facebook of Things?Tuesday 28 April 2015
RedBite Solutions is a technology company that turns physical objects into smart objects by connecting them to the cloud. Any object can have it’s own digital profile – just like people do on social networks, which means you can connect with the things that you own, manage and use in a much more intelligent way.
Advanced manufacturing - From research to real productsMonday 27 April 2015
Dr Ronan Daly explains why taking a cross-disciplinary approach to advanced manufacturing research has the potential to deliver solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Supply chain risk and resilience for multinational corporationsTuesday 21 April 2015
Dr Mukesh Kumar shares research and guidance from the Centre for International Manufacturing which can help multinational companies manage their supply network risk more efficiently.
IfM project will define research agenda for 3D printing-enabled re-distributed manufacturingFriday 17 April 2015
The Bit by Bit research team has launched a new project to explore the interrelationships between 3D printing/additive manufacturing and re-distributed manufacturing.
Management tools and toolkits: the good, the bad and the uglyThursday 2 April 2015
Dr Clive Kerr and Dr Rob Phaal from the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management (CTM) are looking at better ways to design and use management tools and toolkits.
Advanced manufacturing - From research to real productsWednesday 1 April 2015
Dr Ronan Daly, from the IfM’s Inkjet Research Centre and founder of the new Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing Group, explains why taking a cross-disciplinary approach to advanced manufacturing research has the potential to deliver solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Manufacturing Zone at the 2015 Cambridge Science FestivalMonday 23 March 2015
We had a great day yesterday at the Manufacturing Zone at the Institute for Manufacturing organised as part of the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival.
IfM leads UK-US workshop on manufacturing and innovation policyMonday 23 March 2015
On 18 March, the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) held a workshop at the White House, Washington D.C., where UK and US government agency representatives and academics compared their approaches to developing advanced manufacturing institutes.
New UK-India project investigates impact of food processing on supply chain sustainabilityWednesday 11 March 2015
The Centre for International Manufacturing has secured a grant for their new project: ‘Exploring impact of food processing on the sustainability of food supply chains – a UK-India bilateral analysis’.
Building Long Term Strategic University-Industry Partnerships ReportTuesday 10 March 2015
Lessons and Effective Practices from UK and US Experiences.
Milbank Concrete Products: cementing its growth through innovationMonday 9 March 2015
Milbank Concrete Products is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.
Sustainable business models: what are they and why are they important?Tuesday 24 February 2015
Dr Doroteya Vladimirova explains sustainable business models and why they are important to firms which want to remain competitive in the current environment.
Working with mid-size manufacturing and technology companiesFriday 20 February 2015
The Institute for Manufacturing’s dissemination arm, IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) has issued a document detailing how it can help mid-size manufacturing and technology companies.
Harlow Group: sustainability at the heart of expansion for precision metal manufacturerWednesday 18 February 2015
Harlow Group is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.
Company recycling coffee into biofuel wins Innovation pitching eventMonday 15 December 2014
The 3rd Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event, held on 19 November at Food Matters Live in London, saw some very innovative ideas presented.
Take a peek into the magical world of photonics and nanoparticlesTuesday 2 December 2014
Three doctoral students and a lecturer from the IfM entered images of carbon nanotube shapes, laser metal depositions and crystals into the annual Carl Zeiss Photo Competition.
Molecular Dimensions: doubling the laboratory capacity for protein crystallography specialistsWednesday 12 November 2014
Molecular Dimensions is one of more than 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.
DIAL B for BoeingFriday 31 October 2014
Duncan McFarlane, Professor of Industrial Information Engineering and head of the IfM’s Distributed Information & Automation Laboratory (DIAL), and members of his research team have been working with Boeing since 2005, finding intelligent solutions to some challenging industrial problems.
IfM discusses opportunities to cooperate with Japan on developing high value manufacturingTuesday 7 October 2014
The Institute for Manufacturing took part in a workshop aimed at building closer links between industrialists, officials and academics involved with manufacturing in the UK and Japan.
Photofabrication: photochemical specialist firm achieves sustainable energy savingsMonday 6 October 2014
Photofabrication is one of around 100 smaller manufacturers that IfM ECS is working with as part of the PrISMS programme – and this case study highlights the difference it has made.
IfM ECS - supporting industry and government in achieving sustainable, long-term growthWednesday 1 October 2014
The Institute for Manufacturing’s dissemination arm, IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS), has issued two new documents which show some of the key services it can provide for industry and government.
Pitch your innovative idea to Food & FMCG giants such as Unilever, Tesco and MarsMonday 29 September 2014
The Open Innovation Forum, whose members are major Food and FMCG firms, is holding the 3rd Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event on Wednesday 19 November at Food Matters Live, ExCel centre, London.
Podcast - What is 3D printing? Dr Tim MinshallThursday 25 September 2014
With news of 3D printed cars, houses and even food, is this the future of manufacturing? The Naked Scientists take a closer look at the workings of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, and what this might mean for our collective futures. Tim Minshall took Kat Arney through the basics.
September events highlights - conferences and coursesTuesday 2 September 2014
Throughout the month of September, a range of exciting courses and conferences is being organised across the Institute for Manufacturing, aimed at a wide range of audiences from industry, academia and government.
UK-India Manufacturing Policy Roundtable summary report now availableTuesday 22 July 2014
The UK-India Manufacturing Policy Roundtable, organised by the IfM and UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN), was held in April in New Delhi, India.
IfM ECS works with Yucatan government on its industrial development strategyMonday 21 July 2014
IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) is helping the government of the state of Yucatan, Mexico develop their industrial strategy.
Future engineers challenged to build a crane during IfM visitMonday 21 July 2014
A group of students from Chelmer Valley High School have visited the IfM to learn more about what engineers do.
Open Innovation Forum hosted by Mars at 'The Biggest Chocolate Factory in the World'Tuesday 8 July 2014
More than 30 innovation leaders from major companies were hosted by Mars in Veghel, Netherlands for the June 2014 meeting of the Open Innovation Forum in the Food and FMCG Value Chain.
Key IfM role in new research centre to help manufacturers improve efficiencyThursday 3 July 2014
The Institute for Manufacturing’s research skills will be a key component of a new specialist centre dedicated to finding ways to help businesses improve efficiency in manufacturing.
Students showcase innovative new product ideas at annual Design ShowWednesday 2 July 2014
Students showcased their project work at the annual Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) Design Show at the IfM.
Twenty-first century supply chains: Transforming the pharmaceutical industryTuesday 1 July 2014
The Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM) is leading the research programme in REMEDIES, a £23m sector-wide initiative to understand how pharmaceutical supply chains in the UK are set to change.
NASA executive with US energy and aerospace sector expertise joins ECSMonday 30 June 2014
John Saiz, a NASA executive and formerly Chief Technology Officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, has joined IfM Education and Consultancy Services.
Insights shared to make collaborative research work betterMonday 23 June 2014
More than 80 people from 50 companies and Cambridge University met to discuss lessons and insights on how best to manage collaborative research between academia and industry.
Building Long Term Strategic University-Industry Partnerships: Lessons and Effective Practices from UK and US ExperiencesFriday 13 June 2014
The Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) has released a summary of the key findings from a recent workshop on building strategic university-industry partnerships.
Advanced materials: one of the UK's eight great technologies for future growthWednesday 11 June 2014
The importance of advanced materials as one of the UK's “eight great technologies” for future growth is discussed by Professor Bill O’Neill in a series which focuses on research into advanced materials across the University of Cambridge.
First year PhD students showcase research at conferenceMonday 9 June 2014
The 1st year PhD Students’ Conference, organised and run by the students at the IfM, showcased the work of 19 researchers.
Small is beautiful: Why ultra precision manufacturing is such a big dealMonday 2 June 2014
Are you happy with your smartphone? Bill O’Neill, Professor of Laser Engineering and Director of the IfM’s Centre for Industrial Photonics isn’t.
Outstanding Paper award for IfM article on start-ups in emerging industriesFriday 16 May 2014
An article by IfM authors on manufacturing start-ups in emerging industries has been chosen as the 2014 Outstanding Paper winner by the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management.
Barack Obama's former manufacturing advisor delivers Babbage LectureFriday 16 May 2014
Barack Obama’s former Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing, Thomas R Kurfess, delivered the Babbage Lecture on 13 May: The Digital Future of Manufacturing, Policy and Technology Opportunities for American Innovation.
IfM Briefing Day attracts more than 150 senior industrialists and policymakersWednesday 14 May 2014
More than 150 senior representatives from industry and government as well as UK and multinational companies attended the annual IfM Briefing Day.
Highly commended papers made freely available by journal publishers for a monthThursday 1 May 2014
Two highly commended papers by IfM authors have been made freely available for a month by the publishers of the journals in which they feature.
Predicting the unpredictable: the future of manufacturingThursday 1 May 2014
Dr Dai Morgan from the IfM’s Centre for Industrial Sustainability (CIS) reflects on the UK government’s recent Foresight report on the future of manufacturing.
Minister visits IfM to meet manufacturing firms benefitting from the PrISMS programmeTuesday 29 April 2014
A Government Minister visited the IfM today (Tuesday 29 April) to meet some of the 100 firms currently benefitting from a programme to create and safeguard jobs across the East of England.
Infrastructure seminar looks ahead with futureproofingTuesday 22 April 2014
A workshop around the theme of Infrastructure Futureproofing was held at the IfM as part of a collaboration with Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC).
Successful webinar on Total Information Risk ManagementWednesday 16 April 2014
IfM held a successful webinar outlining a new approach to quantifying the business value of high quality data and the risk to businesses of poor quality data.
Cambridge: the view from MarsTuesday 15 April 2014
In October 2013, Mars and the University of Cambridge announced a formal collaboration. Its dual aim: to help Mars tackle global sustainability challenges that both its business and society share through first-class academic research, and to involve the University and its students in the development of new commercial applications.
New report on the latest trends in the globalisation of manufacturingMonday 14 April 2014
Capturing value from global networks, published on April 14 by the IfM, describes a set of approaches developed by IfM researchers and put into practice with a range of leading manufacturers to help them effectively design and manage their global networks.
Engineering in a connected world: Tim Minshall at TEDxCambridgeThursday 10 April 2014
What does it mean to be an engineer, and how might we all draw on our inner-engineer to change the world we live in?
Joint UK-India research programme launched to develop sustainable supply networksWednesday 9 April 2014
Research partners from the UK and India came together in Delhi on April 9 to launch a programme aimed at developing sustainable global supply networks.
i-Teams competition prompts novel ideas for new inventionsTuesday 8 April 2014
Using moss to power fairy lights and allowing pigs to reach their food through a catflap were some of the bright ideas for scientific inventions in the What would you use THAT for? competition.
Insights from the UK and USA on building strategic university-industry partnershipsMonday 24 March 2014
The Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI) hosted a two-day workshop exploring ways of building long-term strategic university-industry partnerships.
IfM to lead research in £23m project to reconfigure UK pharma supply chainsFriday 21 March 2014
The IfM will lead research into a £23m collaborative project on reconfiguring UK pharmaceutical supply chains.
Putting the fun into computer programming with a robot that is a toy at heartThursday 13 March 2014
John Ginger, a recent Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) graduate, is one half of a team developing a small robot to help children learn programming and robotics while they play.
Increasing the uptake of electric car rentals in Japan - case studyMonday 3 February 2014
Researchers at the Cambridge Service Alliance have suggested new ways of increasing the uptake of electric car usage.
Unlocking the potential of IT architectures and services for manufacturing in EuropeTuesday 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 regionMonday 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 JapanThursday 5 December 2013
New industrial policy forum series launched by the Centre for Science, Technology & Industrial Policy (CSTI).
UK manufacturing on the riseSunday 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.
The importance of open innovation in the FMCG sectorFriday 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 eventMonday 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 groundTuesday 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 competitionMonday 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 SecurityTuesday 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 researchersTuesday 1 October 2013
What businesses can learn from how major cities operate
Discovering the outsourcing potential of South East AsiaFriday 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.
Closing date nears to apply for two PhD studentshipsThursday 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.
Programme for growth and sustainability in the East of England helps 47 local firms improve their businessThursday 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 businessTuesday 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 servicesTuesday 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 companiesWednesday 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 ForumThursday 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 SeriesMonday 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 ShowTuesday 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.
CSTI chosen to host international meeting on standardisation and innovationMonday 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 ChinaWednesday 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 launchedWednesday 15 May 2013
A new IfM research unit funded by the Gatsby Foundation has been launched - the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI).
Technology roadmap research project helps United Nations tackle climate changeThursday 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 Invited to Indian Government Seminar - International Workshop on Industry-Academia CollaborationTuesday 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.
Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM) - research in sustainable supply networksFriday 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 technologiesThursday 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 millionWednesday 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 AwardsTuesday 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 FestivalTuesday 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 EventThursday 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.
New briefing on business models to help adoption of sustainable technologiesThursday 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.
IfM students help Siemens Mechanical Drives improve their businessTuesday 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 CentreWednesday 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).
Tim Minshall and a group of MET students help CBeebies' Nina and the Neurons explain engineeringTuesday 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 conferenceThursday 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.
Recruiting Ultra Precision Scientists and Engineers of the FutureTuesday 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 EventWednesday 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 launchedTuesday 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.
Food and FMCG giants call for innovators to pitch their ideasTuesday 11 December 2012
Major food and FMCG companies such as Unilever, General Mills, Tate & Lyle and Crown Packaging are seeking small commercial or university-based organisations which could provide innovative solutions to business challenges.
Car-leasing models for the technological era - a new study on mobility-as-a-serviceWednesday 5 December 2012
Innovative business models for modern transport are explored in a new case study-based research.
Ultra Precision Engineering- the key to a finer futureFriday 30 November 2012
Interdisciplinarity is becoming increasingly important for the engineers of the future and this is reflected in being successfully awarded funding through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training.
The future of the UK pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries mapped using techniques developed at the University of CambridgeWednesday 28 November 2012
A new study aimed at identifying needs, opportunities and challenges in the UK pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing sectors was published today.
Getting ship shape: IfM develops a fleet management tool for the Royal NavyThursday 15 November 2012
Researchers Clive Kerr and Simon Ford from the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management have developed a software tool to help the Royal Navy manage its fleet of Type 23 frigates.
New programme to create jobs in the East of England and help the environmentTuesday 23 October 2012
A £2.25m business support programme for start-ups and small and medium-sized (SMEs) manufacturing companies is launched in Cambridge today.
The future of flyingTuesday 23 October 2012
Aircraft that work together to solve complicated mathematical problems and airports with more flexibly used runways could be the future of flying, according to studies by University of Cambridge engineers and their industrial and academic partners.
Help for Essex manufacturing firms to boost performance and create new jobsTuesday 16 October 2012
A new programme of support for small, medium-sized (SME) and start-up manufacturing companies based in Essex.
The art of business, ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator awards grant to Wysing Arts CentreTuesday 9 October 2012
ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator awards grant to Wysing Arts Centre for its work on encouraging innovation in the East of England.
Hi-Wi project awarded poster prize at REPM'12 conferenceMonday 1 October 2012
David Hopkinson wins best poster presentation award
Inkjet Research Centre is part of a new collaborative research centreFriday 31 August 2012
The IfM's Inkjet Research Centre is a partner in the KACST-Cambridge Research Centre, studying the application of inkjet technology in additive manufacturing.
How offshore wind turbines could be more efficientFriday 17 August 2012
Jim Platts lecturer at the Institute for Manufacturing, has overseen a new study that suggests offshore wind farms could be 100 per cent more efficient in terms of energy payback if manufacturers embraced new methods for making the structures that support the turbines.
1,000 mile trip on fold-up bikes raises at least £30,000Thursday 19 July 2012
Two former IfM students, Phil Deakin and Harry Bullivant have cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats on fold-up Brompton bikes to raise money for three charities.
IfM plays host to the next generation of engineersTuesday 17 July 2012
The IfM played host to 29 GCSE students from Chelmer Valley High School, Chelmsford as part of an outreach project.
Premiere conference on performance management attracts delegates from all over the globeFriday 13 July 2012
Leading experts discussed the latest thinking in the field of performance management at an international conference in Cambridge this week that attracted 170 delegates from 40 countries
Commercialising medical device innovationFriday 13 July 2012
New medical devices take a long time to reach the market - and many never make it. Jon Johnson, a researcher at Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing, is looking at ways of making the process of commercialisation more efficient.
New partnership aims to unlock a manufacturing revolutionTuesday 3 July 2012
New initiative to investigate the potential for businesses to cut energy consumption and reduce waste cut costs in ways that improve margins and create jobs.
IfM lecturer named as one of university's top teachersThursday 28 June 2012
Dr Tim Minshall has been awarded one of Cambridge University's Pilkington Prizes.
Defining the future of Australian rail travel - On Track to 2040Tuesday 26 June 2012
Opportunities and priorities for the next 30 years of the Australian rail sector have been identified in a new report.
Bill O'Neill appointed Professor of Laser EngineeringWednesday 6 June 2012
Congratulations to Dr Bill O’Neill who has been appointed Professor of Laser Engineering.
KT Box event to introduce tools for complex engineering servicesThursday 31 May 2012
KT-Box is a unique collaboration of some of the UK’s academic and industrial leaders in the new field of complex service provision.
Global Health Commercialization and Funding RoundtableThursday 17 May 2012
The IfM has hosted the first Global Health Commercialization and Funding Roundtable.
New programme of support launched to help small and medium manufacturersSaturday 31 March 2012
IfM Education and Consultancy Services has launched a UK-wide programme of support for small and medium sized manufacturing businesses.
New agreement brings powerful approach to support smaller manufacturers in the North WestThursday 29 March 2012
IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) Limited is pleased to announce the availability in the North West of a powerful approach to help smaller manufacturing businesses.
European Students go head to head in Business Case Study TournamentThursday 29 March 2012
European Students of Industrial Engineering and Management (ESTIEM), visited IfM for the Business Case Study semi-final in March.
Solved: one of the ink-jet printing industry's greatest challengesWednesday 28 March 2012
Scientists at the IfM have developed a method for predicting whether a filament of fluid will condense along its length into a single droplet, or collapse into multiple droplets.
Institute for 'Magical Factories' opens its doors!Tuesday 27 March 2012
Hundreds of families flocked to the IfM on Saturday 24 March to enjoy a host of demos, hands on activities and talks - all part of this year’s Cambridge Science Festival.
Job security and pay fears at heart of manufacturing's "image problem"Thursday 8 March 2012
Misplaced fears about job security and low pay could thwart efforts to strengthen British manufacturing and rebalance the economy, a new analysis of the sector’s image among the general public has revealed.
New programme of support launched to help small and medium manufacturersThursday 1 March 2012
IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) Limited, the IfM's dissemination arm, has launched a UK-wide programme of support for small and medium sized manufacturing businesses, following the success of recent projects in the Midlands and East of England.
Solved: one of the ink-jet printing industry's greatest challengesTuesday 28 February 2012
Scientists at the IfM have developed a method for predicting whether a filament of fluid will condense along its length into a single droplet, or collapse into multiple droplets. The research, published in the journal Physical Review Letters, could aid in designing processes for paint-spraying, ink-jet printing and the dispersion of drugs for inhalation.
Progressive future for UK manufacturing says new reportThursday 23 February 2012
Future trends, challenges and opportunities for UK manufacturing have been identified in a new study by Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing.
Under the Microscope #1 & #2 - Small things, big thinkingThursday 19 January 2012
Using an electron microscope it’s possible for the human eye to see in minute detail the foot of the fruit fly – an appendage that is just about the same width as a human hair.
Mapping the future of the Australian rail supply networkThursday 12 January 2012
IfM Education and Consultancy Services is helping to map out the next 30 years of the Australian rail industry following the great success of the Automotive Australia 2020 Roadmap undertaken in 2009.
Former IfM student becomes a visionary for the next generationThursday 15 December 2011
Former IfM student Philip Deakin was recently named Undergraduate Visionary of 2011 by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
Sound recognition technology to be used to detect crimesTuesday 15 November 2011
New sound-recognition technology developed by a Cambridge company is to be used in intercom systems to protect prison, hospital and commercial staff from violence, break-ins and vandalism.
ideaSpace company to open new R&D centre in the North EastThursday 3 November 2011
Award-winning ideaSpace company Polysolar is opening a new research and development office in County Durham.
ideaSpace company enters research collaboration with marine survey company to reduce CO2 emissionsThursday 20 October 2011
Cambridge Carbon Capture (CCC) has entered into a research collaboration with Polarcus Limited to develop its carbon mineralization technology.
How Cambridge high tech cluster stands up to recessionThursday 13 October 2011
The Cambridge high tech cluster proved relatively resilient amidst what many consider the worst economic crisis since the early 1930s, according to new research from the Institute for Manufacturing.
Award for product which could slash industry energy billsTuesday 20 September 2011
An ideaSpace-based company has been shortlisted for its third major product award in a year. Alquist has been nominated for its product Celsius, a high-tech temperature monitoring device which could help UK firms cut millions of pounds off their energy bills.
Head of IfM made Fellow of Royal Academy of EngineeringFriday 26 August 2011
IfM Head, Professor Sir Mike Gregory, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his distinguished career teaching and researching at the forefront of Engineering.
EPSRC funded report into Japanese interests in Industrial SustainabilityThursday 28 July 2011
Over thirty delegates came together at the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining in London to join the launch of an EPSRC funded report into Japanese interests in Industrial Sustainability.
Award for research paper into true costs of outsourcing to ChinaTuesday 26 July 2011
Companies who outsource to China significantly underestimate the costs involved. Although cost savings are cited as a major reason for sourcing from China, the actual savings may not be as great as expected. This is the finding of a research paper by Dr Ken Platts of the IfM.
School children get a taste of manufacturing engineeringThursday 21 July 2011
Twenty-three children from a Chelmsford secondary school spent a day at the IfM, having fun and learning about manufacturing engineering.
IfM to host student precision engineering challengeTuesday 28 June 2011
The cream of European engineering talent will be converging on Cambridge next month to take part in an annual international competition.
Science Minister opens new innovation hubWednesday 25 May 2011
A new multi-million pound science and enterprise hub designed to encourage collaboration and foster the commercialisation of scientific research and innovation, has been officially opened by Science Minister David Willetts at Colworth Science Park, Bedfordshire.
Doctoral student leads Rwanda enterprise initiativeTuesday 17 May 2011
An IfM doctoral student is playing a leading role in trying to find budding Bransons in poverty-stricken Rwanda.
IfM to partner in two major manufacturing research initiativesMonday 16 May 2011
The IfM is to be a major partner in two new research centres designed to help boost UK manufacturing. The Institute is a partner in both the new EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision and the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing for Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation.
Dr Bill O'Neill elected as Fellow of Institute of PhysicsThursday 12 May 2011
Dr Bill O’Neill was recently elected by the Council of the Institute of Physics to a Fellowship of the Institute in recognition of his personal contribution to the advancement of physics.
Fast-tracking Open Innovation researchThursday 5 May 2011
The Open Innovation Research Forum (OIRF) launched with a two-day ‘fast start’ research proposal development workshop. The OIRF workshop – sponsored by the UK Innovation Research Centre and Japan’s Institute for Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness – brought together 40 representatives of multinationals, open innovation intermediaries, and academics from around the world to discuss the links between geographic location and the successful implementation of open innovation.
Budding Branson's have winning ideas for top tech!Tuesday 5 April 2011
A robot door opener, an interactive recipe book and an automatic school register were just some of the imaginative ideas submitted in a great gadget competition.
IfM forms part of new Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial sustainabilityWednesday 30 March 2011
The IfM is to be a major partner in a multi-million pound project to establish a new national research centre in the field of industrial sustainability.
Manufacturing on the agenda as trade mission visits CambridgeThursday 17 March 2011
A high-profile US trade mission visited the IfM as part of an international 10-day trade tour of Israel and the UK.
Chinese Ambassador explores opportunites for collaboration with IfMTuesday 1 March 2011
Mr Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK, visited the Institute for Manufacturing to discuss the Institute’s connections with China and explore opportunities for future collaboration.
Japan trip throws light on industrial sustainabilityMonday 21 February 2011
A group of UK academics have visited Japan to find out more about the country's approach to industrial sustainability.
ideaSpace announces seven programmes to support innovation and enterpriseThursday 20 January 2011
Seven projects designed to support innovators and entrepreneurs across the Eastern Region have been announced by the ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator (iEA).
Professor Mike Gregory knighted in New Year HonoursTuesday 4 January 2011
Professor Mike Gregory, Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and of the Manufacturing and Management Division of the Department of Engineering, has received a knighthood in the New Years Honours for services to technology.
Expanded support programme will boost growth in Eastern regionMonday 20 December 2010
A new enterprise and innovation programme will enable businesses and jobs to be created across the Eastern region, it has been announced.
Dr Bill O'Neill elected as Fellow of the Laser Institute of AmericaWednesday 8 December 2010
IfM visiting researcher awarded Stafford Beer MedalWednesday 1 December 2010
IfM visiting researcher Jasser Al-Kassab has won a prestigious award for the best paper published in a leading scientific journal.
Report helps businesses select perfect innovation aideWednesday 1 December 2010
Companies hoping to collaborate with other firms to create new innovative business opportunities will benefit from a new report by the IfM.
IfM stages international workshop on asset managementWednesday 24 November 2010
The latest developments in asset management research have been showcased at a major international event at the IfM.
Caterpillar's global production network: case studyFriday 19 November 2010
The IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing has just published its latest briefing, based on a long-term project with Caterpillar.
IfM publishes first comprehensive roadmapping textbookTuesday 5 October 2010
Looking into the future may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a Cambridge academic has produced a new textbook which could help organisations to take on this challenge.
New global alliance to research challenges of complex service systemsThursday 23 September 2010
BAE Systems and IBM have joined forces with the University of Cambridge to launch a new research initiative designed to equip business with the skills needed to deal with complex service systems.
Report outlines future scenarios for food industryFriday 10 September 2010
A new report by the IfM's Centre for Industry and Government on possible future scenarios for the food and drink sector is due to be debated in Westminster.
New report on value of food & drink sectorMonday 5 July 2010
An ongoing demonstrable commitment to innovation and high-value production are key reasons why the UK’s food and drink industry has emerged from recession in better shape than many other manufacturing sectors, according to a new report from the IfM.
Doctoral researcher commended for servicisation workTuesday 29 June 2010
Guang-Jie Ren received the coveted accolade from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).
Leading business figure visits IfMTuesday 22 June 2010
One of the world’s leading business figures has paid a visit to the IfM as part of a short tour of the University’s Engineering Department. Ratan Tata, head of the Tata conglomerate, was in Cambridge to receive an honorary degree from the University.
Research into organisational creativity wins awardWednesday 9 June 2010
Dr James Moultrie's paper 'Exploratory Study of Organisational Creativity in Creative Organisations', published in Creativity and Innovation Management Journal last year, has been awarded the Tudor Rickards Award for the best paper published in the journal during 2009, as voted for by the editorial panel.
i-Teams scores university hat-trick as scheme expandsWednesday 9 June 2010
A scheme which provides budding entrepreneurs with a real-life experience of turning ideas into business opportunities is expanding to other universities.
Entrepreneurship is the focus for Indiana University visitorsTuesday 1 June 2010
A delegation from Indiana University heard how enterprise and entrepreneurship is supported across Cambridge University on a visit to the IfM.
IfM researchers hope to drum up interest in engineeringThursday 13 May 2010
Mention steel drums and you might think of the Notting Hill Carnival or the Caribbean – rather than a powerful new way of getting youngsters interested in engineering. However, two researchers from the IfM reckon the popular musical instrument could be just the way to get children from ethnic minorities interested in science and technology.
Groundbreaking ceremony at new Open Innovation centreMonday 8 March 2010
A special ceremony has been held to mark the start of construction work on The Exchange - a new open innovation centre at Colworth Science Park.
Enhanced manufacturing website for the East of EnglandWednesday 3 March 2010
To reflect the importance of the manufacturing sector to the East of England's economy, the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) has expanded the manufacturing station on its Business Map.
Industrialists get close-up look at the IfM during Open EveningMonday 22 February 2010
More than 100 invited guests attended the IfM's annual Open Evening held last Thursday.
Companies told going green is key to business successThursday 18 February 2010
Manufacturers contemplating ‘going green' have been told that sustainability is the greatest business opportunity they will ever have.
IfM signs MoU to Develop a Programme in Management, Policy and Innovation focused on the Middle EastFriday 12 February 2010
The University of Cambridge's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), part of the Department of Engineering, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a programme in support of economic, industrial and social development in the Middle East through research into management, policy and innovation.
IfM lecturer delivers keynote address at cluster conferenceThursday 4 February 2010
The IfM's Dr Tim Minshall, was the only non-Japanese speaker at the recent 2010 Japan Cluster Conference in Tokyo.
Links forged with India in drive towards green industrial revolutionTuesday 2 February 2010
A seminar examining ways in which industry could go green could lead to high profile collaborations between Cambridge and India.
Helping Product Design, Development and Introduction in the North EastMonday 18 January 2010
The IfM is providing tools and advice to help firms in the North East of England design and bring new products to market.
IfM to stage Manufacturing Transformation WorkshopsThursday 14 January 2010
A series of workshops to help small and medium sized manufacturing businesses are to be held throughout the Eastern Region.
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.
MET student wins Rolls-Royce manufacturing engineering awardFriday 21 November 2008
Michael Ansbro, a second year Manufacturing Engineering student, has won a Manufacturing Engineering Award from Rolls Royce.
Dr Julian Allwood awarded EPSRC Leadership FellowshipMonday 15 September 2008
Dr Julian Allwood has been awarded an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship for his work to reduce global carbon emissions that arises in the production of steel and aluminium parts.
Yak Yak - promise of a better future for people of the PamirsTuesday 2 September 2008
Yak down (fine hair) is set to revitalise the economy of one of the world’s most remote regions thanks to efforts from a Cambridge University engineering graduate.
Manufacturing Strategy Review: New Challenges, New OpportunitiesMonday 1 September 2008
The government has launched a new review for its strategy of manufacturing called "Manufacturing: New Challenges, New Opportunities". According to the strategy review, it sets out an ambitious new vision for a globally competitive manufacturing sector that leads the world in capturing higher value components of the global value chain.
GreenPB wins first Armourers & Brasiers' Venture PrizeFriday 1 August 2008
The first Armourers & Brasiers' Venture Prize of £25,000 has been won by GreenPB, a team of scientists and engineers based at the University of Cambridge.
Design students win commercial manufacturing awardTuesday 1 July 2008
Four students from Cambridge University have won a commercial manufacturing award as part of the Manufacturing Engineering Trips programme.
'Mosquito traps, cocktail makers and intelligent litter binsFriday 6 June 2008
A high street litter bin that sorts waste and a device to help deaf musicians feel the beat are just two of the latest ideas by Cambridge University students hoping to bring new products to market.
Intellectual Property in Open Innovation: A dangerous mix?Wednesday 14 May 2008
How can start-ups and large firms work together to bring ideas to market? What are the challenges of making this form of 'open innovation' work? The Cambridge Network's Special Interest Group on IP sought to address these issues at an event on 14th May organised in partnership with the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM).
Free help for small manufacturing businesses on offer from Cambridge UniversityThursday 1 May 2008
Small manufacturing companies can get free help to improve their business from experts at the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM). Up to 100-man days of impartial guidance is on offer between now and the end of September.
Global leaders in business and academia call for new focus on service innovationMonday 28 April 2008
The University of Cambridge and IBM today release a report that challenges governments, businesses and universities to drive increased support and funding for service innovation.
Low cost suppliers from China and India are not necessarily the answer IfM expert tells conferenceTuesday 22 April 2008
Many firms are failing to establish effective global production networks and rely too heavily on short-term outsourcing and offshoring to countries such as India and China.
New university partnership set to revolutionise engineering IndustryTuesday 4 March 2008
A major £2 million research programme has been launched to examine changes required by the engineering industry as it moves to provide more product-related services, rather than just the products themselves.
Reconfigurable production systems needed for 21st Century manufacturingThursday 3 January 2008
Traditional manufacturing systems are poorly suited to the highly competitive, globalised markets of today according to a new book co-authored by Duncan McFarlane, Professor of Service and Support Engineering at the IfM.
New IfM guide warns that 'offshoring' and 'lean thinking' are not sufficient to guarantee futures of major manufacturersMonday 3 December 2007
Many of the world's biggest manufacturing firms could be missing out on "breathtaking" benefits because their production networks are not designed to suit 21st century demands.
Daylight Saving in GB; Is there evidence in favour of clock time on GMT?Thursday 4 October 2007
Turning the clocks back each autumn has generated millions of tonnes of carbon emissions as well as increasing electricity costs during GMT months.
Sustainability pays - the business case for going greenWednesday 3 October 2007
Companies who embrace sustainable practices are gaining huge economic rewards and represent real 'drivers for change', a US champion of sustainable development argued in a lecture given at the Institute for Manufacturing.
Engineering for a low carbon future: a cross-divisional seminar seriesTuesday 2 October 2007
This Department of Engineering seminar series aims to share ideas between engineering disciplines about potential technological responses to climate change.
Cambridge Service Science, Management and Engineering SymposiumMonday 1 October 2007
This symposium brought together a small group of leading academics and senior industrialists in an open and interactive forum to recognise practical challenges, identify theoretical underpinnings, and explore promising avenues for development.
Cambridge University groups join forces to help budding entrepreneursWednesday 5 September 2007
Sixteen Cambridge University groups involved in the support of enterprise and innovation are working together to improve support for would-be entrepreneurs.
Successful innovation in an uncertain world: Recognising and exploiting opportunitiesTuesday 4 September 2007
The Centre for Technology Management's (CTM) annual two day Symposium will explore the theme of “Successful innovation in an uncertain world: Recognising and exploiting opportunities”.
IfM lecturer presents report findings at the 8th Cambridge Enterprise ConferenceMonday 3 September 2007
IfM lecturer Dr Tim Minshall presented the findings of a report he co-authored examining the impact of government policy on technology commercialisation since the 1960s at the 8th annual Cambridge Enterprise Conference.
IfM students win Best Student Paper Award at POMS ConferenceWednesday 1 August 2007
Two IfM students, Aiesha Maxwell and Guangjie Ren, received the Best Student Paper Award for their paper “New Technology Adoption in Field Service Operations: An Exploratory Study”.
IfM researcher presents findings on Well Dressed report at Barcelona conferenceWednesday 4 July 2007
IfM researcher Cecilia Malvido de Rodríguez was invited to present the findings of the IfM’s “Well Dressed?” report at the Techno Textile Conference in Barcelona on 6th July.
Ian Hutchings awarded the Staudinger-Durrer Prize and MedalTuesday 3 July 2007
Professor Ian Hutchings, GKN Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at the IfM, gave the Staudinger-Durrer lecture at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich) where he was awarded the Staudinger-Durrer Prize and Medal.
IfM students win £5,000 in Cambridge University Entrepreneurs competition - Where Angels Dare 2007Monday 2 July 2007
Manufacturing Engineering Tripos students recently took part in the final round of the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE) Business Creation Competition ‘Where Angels Dare 2007’ with their business idea the 'TouchSight Vision Mitt'.
Cambridge engineering students display their design skillsMonday 4 June 2007
Manufacturing Engineering students at Cambridge University held their 2007 Design Show on Wednesday 6th June, displaying a range of new products that they have developed as part of their course, including a pocket Braille reading tool and a system that holds up speeding motorists.
Helping companies keep track of the latest technological developmentsFriday 1 June 2007
Companies need to keep abreast of the latest technical developments in their field if they are to seize new business opportunities and avoid being overtaken by competitors.
Announcement of new project - Asset Information Management StrategiesWednesday 2 May 2007
The Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) has announced it is to begin a new two-year research project to develop asset information management strategies for complex engineering systems that deploys key emerging technologies.
Launch of Innovation and Design Management Club a successTuesday 1 May 2007
The IfM's newly formed Innovation and Design Management (IDM) club was successfully launched in March. There are around 25 members, representing a range of local businesses from heavy machinery to consumer goods.
IfM lecturer helps China to develop bamboo wind turbine bladesWednesday 4 April 2007
Dr Jim Platts, Lecturer in the Production Processes Group, has been assisting China to develop wind turbine blades made out of bamboo to exploit its wind energy capacity.
April's IfM briefing explores the importance of Technology Intelligence systems in keeping track of the latest technological developmentsTuesday 3 April 2007
April's IfM briefing explores the importance of Technology Intelligence (TI) systems in keeping ahead of competitors. Companies need to be aware of the latest technological innovations if they are to exploit new business opportunities and avoid potential threats.
IfM course investigates technology & innovation managementMonday 2 April 2007
The Centre for Technology Management (CTM) held its second executive training course in March on Technology and Innovation Management.
IfM students triumph at international entrepreneur competitionThursday 1 March 2007
MET students have won an international competition for young entrepreneurs with their business idea the 'TouchSight Vision Mitt'.
IfM students win Oxbridge "Varsity Pitch" competitionMonday 5 February 2007
MET students from the IfM have beaten off Oxford rivals to win the 'Varsity Pitch' competition.
IfM students win Cambridge University Entrepreneurs £1k Business Idea CompetitionFriday 2 February 2007
MET students from the IfM have won the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs £1k Business Idea Competition with their idea the 'TouchSight Vision Mitt'.
Unilever and IfM announce new research projectThursday 1 February 2007
Unilever and the IfM today announced the launch of a new research project to explore how companies can successfully implement a radical approach to collaboration in the research and development process, known as 'open innovation'.
Professor Mike Gregory to give lecture at ee-net eventFriday 5 January 2007
The East of England Development Agency and European Social Fund are funding an afternoon dedicated to cutting-edge engineering and manufacturing in the East of England, on the 15th February in Cambridge.
Centre for Technology Management paper investigates environmental effects of abandoning Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)Wednesday 3 January 2007
Centre for Technology Management researcher, Dr Garnsey, has lead a position paper investigating the environmental effects of discarding GMT and bringing the UK inline with central Europe.
Dr Claire Barlow to speak at the Institute for Physics and Royal Society of Chemistry seminarFriday 1 December 2006
The Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry are holding an evening seminar entitled 'Science and the Environment: Solutions for mitigating pollution' on Wednesday 13 December.
Cambridge report lays out options for an environmentally sustainable fashion industryWednesday 1 November 2006
Researchers have laid out a set of proposals outlining how consumers could satisfy their needs for clothes and textiles with significantly reduced impact on the environment, while also offering new business opportunities to UK companies.
Centre for Technology Management support Shell "opportunities for innovations" study 2006Tuesday 3 October 2006
"The business opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME's) in tackling the causes of climate change" is a study for Shell Springboard by consultants at Vivid Economics.
Centre for Distributed Automation and Control explore reconfigurabilityMonday 2 October 2006
The Centre for Distributed Automation and Control held a one-day workshop on 28th September.
Mike Gregory nominated in The Manufacturer Power 50 2006Tuesday 5 September 2006
The Manufacturer magazine set about finding the 50 most influential people in the UK manufacturing community.
Cambridge Auto-ID Lab and Auto-ID Lab Japan enter into collaborationMonday 4 September 2006
The Cambridge Auto-ID Lab at Cambridge University and Auto-ID Lab Japan at Keio University have signed an academic partnership and research collaboration protocol.
European Manufacturing Strategies Summit, Germany, October 9th & 10th 2006Friday 1 September 2006
The European Manufacturing Strategies Summit (EMS Summit) will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany, on October 9th and 10th.
Duncan McFarlane appointed to RAE Engineering ProfessorshipWednesday 2 August 2006
Dr Duncan McFarlane from the Centre for Distributed Automation Control has been appointed to the new Royal Academy of Engineering Professorship in Service and Support Engineering.
12th Cambridge Technology Management Symposium announcedTuesday 1 August 2006
This year's Cambridge Technology Management Symposium will focus on creativity, design and innovation.
IfM research associate wins Epson Photography Competition at the Department of EngineeringMonday 5 June 2006
IfM research associate Dr Steve Hoath from the Production Processes Group has won the Epson Photography Competition.
Ken Platts and Rob Perrons win the 'Dr Theo Williamson award'Thursday 1 June 2006
A paper by Dr Ken Platts and Dr Rob Perrons was the 2006 winner of the Dr Theo Williamson Outstanding Paper award.
Announcement of new project - High Efficiency Gas-assisted cutting using optimised next generation fibre lasersMonday 1 May 2006
The Centre for Industrial Photonics has announced it is to begin a £350,000 research project funded by the DTI as part of their 'Optoelectronics and Disruptive Electronics Programme'.
First Technology and Innovation Management Course is a successTuesday 4 April 2006
CTM ran its first executive education course on technology and innovation management in March.
Phil Hanson presents keynote at Hethel Engineering Open DayMonday 3 April 2006
Phil Hanson was invited to give the keynote address at the Hethel Engineering Open Day on Wednesday 29 March.
IfM takes on the Grand Challenges of manufacturingFriday 3 March 2006
The Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) has won funding for ground-breaking projects tackling the challenges facing manufacturing in the 21st Century.
Students from IfM attend Younger Scientists, Engineers and Technologists for Britain reception at the House of CommonsThursday 2 March 2006
Tom Counsell and Helen Ward from the IfM's Sustainable Manufacturing Group attended the eighth annual reception for Britain's top Younger Scientists, Engineers and Technologists at the House of Commons on Monday 13 March.
Centre for Industrial Photonics - Leading the field of advanced photonic systemsWednesday 1 February 2006
The Institute for Manufacturing has launched its Centre for Industrial Photonics (CIP).
MET I Student George Hutchinson receives STEP AwardThursday 3 November 2005
George Hutchinson's research findings will provide a significant reduction in costs and have resulted in Weston EU Ltd saving £13K per annum.
Dr O'Neill elected a Director of the Laser Institute of AmericaWednesday 2 November 2005
Dr Bill O'Neill of the IfM has been elected a Director of the Laser Institute of America (LIA).
Professor Mike Gregory CBE is appointed as UK Executive Director of the Cambridge-MIT InstituteTuesday 1 November 2005
Professor Mike Gregory CBE, will take up his appointment, as the new UK Executive Director of CMI with effect from 1st November 2005.
Faraday Packaging Partnership 'Associate of the Year' award joint winnerFriday 28 October 2005
David Beeton of the Centre for Technology Management was recently named joint winner of the Faraday Packaging Partnership 'Associate of the Year' award.
Professor Mike Gregory to Speak at The Manufacturer LIVE 2005 EventTuesday 27 September 2005
Professor Mike Gregory is speaking at The Manufacturer Live Event 2005 as part of the DTI Manufacturing Forum.
IfM announces launch of Global Manufacturing Networks ForumTuesday 20 September 2005
The IfM announced it will be launching the Global Manufacturing Networks Forum in January 2006.
Ex-MET student design wins British Standards Institution 2005 Environmental Design AwardWednesday 7 September 2005
Peter Brewin, recently an MET student here at the IfM and now a design student at the UK's Royal College of Art has designed a shower which recycles water and promises to save householders money and energy.
Cambridge Auto ID Labs launches Aerospace ID Technologies Research Programme with blue-chip aerospace companies and solutions providersMonday 5 September 2005
Cambridge Auto ID Labs today announced the formation of a global partnership.
IfM Research Student wins Departmental photographic competitionMonday 16 May 2005
This photograph, taken by Kathryn Jackson, is the winning entry for the Engineering Department's photography competition.
Shingo prize recognises research excellence in world-class manufacturingWednesday 20 April 2005
A Research Prize was awarded to the article "The Effects of Just-in-Time/Lean Production on Worker Job Stress" by Robert Conti, Bryant University and the University of Cambridge; Jannis Angelis and Colin Gill, University of Cambridge.
Cambridge-trained engineers take on the world's bestMonday 21 February 2005
A team of Cambridge-trained technology entrepreneurs from around the UK have reached the semi-finals of a premier US business plan competition.
Manufacturing Planning and Control Group hold first eventThursday 2 December 2004
The first event of the Manufacturing Planning and Control Group was held on Wednesday 24 November at Downing College in Cambridge.
EPSRC awards £2m for major university/industry collaboration in the ink jet sectorFriday 22 October 2004
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded a new research grant of just under £2m to a major university/industry collaboration in the ink jet sector.
New Industry Network on Manufacturing Planning and ControlWednesday 20 October 2004
The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) is launching a new network called the Manufacturing Planning and Control Group.
CIM Symposium - Major multi-nationals explore global restructuringTuesday 5 October 2004
Senior executives from leading multi-nationals attended the first day of the recent CIM Symposium at Jesus College.
ESRC Chief Executive leads latest Breakfast Briefing SeriesFriday 17 September 2004
Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Professor Ian Diamond, led the first in the IfM's latest Breakfast Briefing series.
Malaysian Minister of Higher Education visits the Institute for ManufacturingMonday 2 August 2004
The Minister, Dato' Dr Hj Shafie B. Hj Mohd. Salleh, accompanied by the Director of Higher Education and nine other delegates visited the IfM on 29th July 2004.
IfM cited in the DTI's Review of the Government's Manufacturing StrategyMonday 19 July 2004
The Institute for Manufacturing is cited as a positive example of intermediaries working for manufacturing.
Senior Industrial Fellow appointed Fellow of the Institute of PhysicsMonday 19 July 2004
Senior Industrial Fellow at the IfM, Andy Shaw, has just been appointed Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
The IfM takes part in the Hunts Post Business AwardsMonday 28 June 2004
The IfM is sponsoring a 'Manufacturer of the Year' award in this year's Hunts Post Huntingdonshire Business Awards.
Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) Helps Thomas Swan to Make a £1m Cash Flow SavingTuesday 20 April 2004
Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) Helps Thomas Swan to Make a £1m Cash Flow Saving.
Chevening Technology Enterprise Scholar at Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing to Commercialise Strategy and Performance ToolWednesday 4 February 2004
Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) has recently welcomed a Chevening Technology Enterprise Scholar, Sirirat Sae-Lim.
Software Sourcing Problems? - Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing Trials Tools for Embedded Software Sourcing DecisionsTuesday 27 January 2004
Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) is ready to trial its tools for supporting embedded software sourcing decisions.
Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing Helps Sofa & Co to Meet Growth ChallengesThursday 22 January 2004
Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing and Sofa & Co work together to meet the challenges of a 50% increase in demand.
Richard Lambert to Kick Off Next Breakfast Briefings for Cambridge University's Institute for ManufacturingTuesday 20 January 2004
Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) launches its next series of Breakfast Briefings.
Institute for Manufacturing Celebrates Five Years of GrowthWednesday 14 January 2004
Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) welcomed over sixty guests to evening reception to celebrate five years of growth, at its premises in Cambridge last week.
Topping Out Ceremony for New Industrial Education Facility for Wolfson College and Institute for ManufacturingThursday 18 December 2003
Cambridge University's Wolfson College and Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) are holding a topping out ceremony for a new building at the College at 1.30pm today.
MET Alumnus Wins IEE Manufacturing/IBM MEng Project PrizeMonday 1 December 2003
Aled Laugharne awarded IEE Manufacturing/IBM M.Eng Project Prize.
Cambridge University and FoodFen deliver world-class manufacturing training to Fenland food industryFriday 7 November 2003
Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing and FoodFen deliver a tailor-made training course for Fenland food companies.
Senior Executives from Central and Eastern Europe lead Cambridge University workshop on manufacturing in the regionThursday 30 October 2003
Senior executives from leading companies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are speaking today at a workshop 'Making it in Central and Eastern Europe'.
Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing helps Michell Instruments to fund an increased investment in R&DMonday 27 October 2003
Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) has been working with local SME, Michell Instruments Ltd (Michell), to help them fund an increased investment in R&D.
Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing teams up with Business Link and MAS East to deliver value to local companiesWednesday 22 October 2003
Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), Business Link for Cambridgeshire, and the Manufacturing Advisory Service in the East of England (MAS East) have launched a new service for small to medium sized companies in Cambridgeshire.
DTI Director-General of Innovation to Speak at Cambridge Technology Management SymposiumTuesday 16 September 2003
The DTI Director-General of Innovation to give the keynote speech at the Cambridge Technology Management Symposium.
Institute for Manufacturing launches membership and support scheme for businessWednesday 22 January 2003
Industrial fellows will provide tailored support programmes for manufacturers.
Centre for Distributed Automation and Control opens within the Institute for ManufacturingFriday 29 November 2002
Research to focus on advanced automation technologies for the manufacturing supply chain.
The Imperative for Business Model Innovation - A Research and Practice PerspectiveSaturday 20 November 1999
A new white paper have been published by the Business Model Innovation research programme at the IfM.
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