Cambridge University 's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) welcomed over sixty guests to an evening reception to celebrate five years of growth, at its premises in Cambridge last week.
IfM staff and students mingled with the guests from the local business and University communities, who were shown displays of the IfM's achievements in education, research and knowledge transfer to industry and shown a demonstration of the IfM's automated distribution laboratory.
The photograph shows from left to right, Dr Derek Ford, Industrial Fellow, IfM, Charles Russell, Director of Finance & Administration, Thomas Swan Scientific Equipment Ltd, and Prof Mike Gregory, Head of IfM.
The IfM, which forms the Manufacturing and Management Division of the University's Department of Engineering, has been growing its expertise steadily since it moved into its own premises in Mill Lane five years ago. The IfM now employs approximately 150 people delivering innovative research, high-calibre education and valuable services to industry. Specialist areas include Strategy and Performance, International Manufacturing, Economic Policy, Technology Management, Industrial Sustainability, Production Processes, Decision Support, and Automation and Control.
The IfM works with leading companies, large and small, including BAE Systems, Caterpillar, Domino Printing Sciences, GKN, GlaxoSmithKline, Herbert Group, Inca Digital, Michell Instruments Ltd, Philips, and Rolls-Royce, as well as having strong links to regional and national government bodies in the UK and abroad.